No Aadhaar in Assam yet IRCTC to make Aadhaar compulsory for tickets

Once Narendra Modi tweeted, “On Aadhaar, neither the Team that I met nor PM could answer my Qs on security threat it can pose. There is no vision, only political gimmick.”

Back then as the chief minister of Gujarat, Modi had vehemently opposed Aadhaar when the Congress government at the Centre launched the scheme.


On September 13, 2016, and when Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister, media reports said that the IRCTC will make it compulsory for citing Aadhaar numbers while booking train tickets. The first phase starts from year end when all senior citizen concessions will be linked through Aadhaar.

The irony is, the state of Assam is yet to introduce Aadhaar to its citizens as the process of NRC was being completed. The process has started on trial basis in a few districts but most of the population in the state don’t have an Aadhaar card. So how will the railways make it mandatory?

Earlier, a similar situation occurred when the IndianOil Corporation sent SMSes to its customers in Assam to cite Aadhaar number in order to avail subsidy. After protests and rejoinders, the oil corporation took back the decision.

Does it show that the Centre don’t even know about the people of the state? Or they don’t care?

Reports said that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has set 2016-end as its target to launch Aadhaar-linked ticketing services to increase transparency in bookings. The corporation aims to introduce the facility in phases, and senior citizens will be the first beneficiaries of concessional fares under the system. IRCTC has already started linking its database with Aadhaar data.

Authorities have been mulling over incorporating the Aadhaar feature into railway ticketing services since 2013. The move has now received the final approval from the Prime Minister’s Office.

IRCTC Chairperson and Managing Director AK Manocha said, “We have started the process to issue Aadhaar-based ticketing, and it’s likely to be rolled out by December this year. People will now have to provide their Aadhaar numbers when registering with IRCTC. This will check fraudulent booking by touts.”

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