Indian Railways, ever since decades has been offering various concessions for its passengers. Different types of concessions are offered on tickets of various categories including senior citizens, sports people, students, physically challenged ones etc,. Checking out on the misuse of these concessions (which count upto 50) has always been a problematic issue for the Indian Railways. With a brilliant step, the Indian Railways is now all set to put up a check to all the black marketing happening in relevance to railway concessions.
Established in 2009, Aadhar card has a 12-digit unique identification number also comprising of biometric details and has been issued to every Indian resident. It has been, since the beginning, depicted as an important document for establishing every Indian citizen’s unique identity. The UIDAI has been recording and verifying the details of every citizen during the past few years and has been ensuring that every citizen holds an Aadhar card as an identification card. During the past two years, the Government has been slowly taking steps to make Aadhar mandatory in every possible sector. From airports to election registrations, Aadhar is now being nation-wide accepted as the identity card of a parson. It was only recently that registration of Aadhar details for mobile SIM usage has been made mandatory. The addition of biometric data adds to the difficulty of replication or duplication of an Aadhar card and this makes the card more unique and reliable.
The black marketing of railway ticketing has always been a huge maniac and ill-usage of the concessions offered is one of the issues the Indian Railways has been facing since long time. Many a times, the ones who really need the concessions are devoid of the offerings too. With Aadhar card being made mandatory – from July 1st, let’s hope a check is put on all these and the offering that the Railways gives are used to the best! As responsible & educated citizens, all we can do is ensure that the ones who haven’t got the Aadhar card yet, apply for one soon!