Centre has revealed in Rajya Sabha that Aadhaar number is not a mandatory requirement for booking rail tickets.
“ Ministry of railways has no plans to make the 12-digit unique identification number compulsory for booking rail tickets,” said Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.
“At present, there is no proposal to make the Aadhaar number compulsory for booking tickets for rail journey. However, with effect from January 1, 2017, the requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional railway tickets for senior citizens has been introduced on a voluntary basis,” he said.
The statement has been issued a day after the home ministry made Aadhaar number mandatory for death registration with effect from October 1, 2017.
From past few months,the Aadhaar number is made mandatory for several services and schemes starting from bank accounts, to tax filing, for availing treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) or availing the benefits under the Maternity Benefit Programme and Integrated Child Protection Scheme and other schemes for farmers, labourers, students etc.