GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1893
ANSWERED ON 17.03.2017/PHALGUNA 26, 1938 (SAKA)
MAKING AADHAAR COMPULSORY FOR CONCESSIONARY TICKETS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state:
a) whether Government is aware of the Supreme Court order dated 11 August, 2015 and 15 October, 2015 on Aadhaar;
b) if so, whether making Aadhaar compulsory for concessionary tickets for senior citizens from April, 2017 is a violation of the Supreme Court order;
c) if so, whether Government will consider revoking its decision and adhere to the Supreme Court order; and
d) if so, whether Government will reconsider plans to make Aadhaar mandatory for booking tickets of any category?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI RAJEN GOHAIN)
(a) to (d): W.e.f. 01.01.2017, requirement of Aadhaar verification for getting concessional tickets for senior citizen is on voluntary basis. Even after 01.04.2017, this will continue on voluntary basis and the concession to senior citizen shall not be denied only for the reason that the person does not possess the Aadhaar Number.