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Printed version not mandatory, railways will also accept e-Aadhaar as identity proof

15-06-2017 06:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream

Printed version not mandatory, railways will also accept e-Aadhaar as identity proof | My Indian Dream

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Now with printed copy, even the downloaded copies of Aadhaar card are accepted in railway journey.

Earlier only the hard copy or printed version of Aadhaar card was valid. On request from passengers, the government will now accept e-Aadhaar as proof for travelling through reserved classes.

The decision was passed after final approval from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). As per Section 4(3) of Aadhaar Act, 2016, a physical or electronic form of the Aadhaar number subject to authentication and other conditions, can be accepted as proof of identity of the Aadhaar card holder for any work. Thus, in accordance with the above Act, Railway has made downloaded Aadhaar cards valid as an identity proof.

Until now there are ten documents accepted by the railway as an identity proof for travelers travelling in reserved classes. While printed Aadhaar card was one of them, downloaded weren’t considered as valid. Now they are made valid and considered at par with the printed ones as an identity proof.

An official order passed by the railway said, “In view of the above, it has been decided to incorporate downloaded Aadhaar (e-Aadhaar) also as prescribed proof of identity at par with printed Aahaar card in the list of prescribed proofs of identity which are valid for undertaking the journey in any reserved class.”


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