No proposal to link Aadhaar with Railway passes: Govt

  • “At present, there is no such proposal” to link Aadhaar with railway passes, Suresh Prabhu said in Rajya Sabha today.
  • A Human Resources Management System will be set up to ensure that employees of Railways are able to book tickets online through any portal

NEW DELHI: The government currently has no proposal to link Aadhaar numbers with railway passes, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu informed Parliament on Friday.

“At present, there is no such proposal” to link Aadhaar with railway passes, Prabhu said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour while responding to a query on the issue by TMC member Vivek Gupta.

The government is in the process of putting in place a Human Resources Management System (HRMS) to ensure that employees and pensioners of Railways are able to book tickets online through any portal, he said.

Stating that railway pass holders at present do not have online facility to book tickets, the minister said “we have started the job. We are working on Human Resources Management System (HRMS). Once this is ready, pass holders will be able to book tickets online.”

There are 16,360 officers in Group A and B categories and 13,12,449 officers in Group C and D categories in the Railways. Passes are issued based on the basic pay.

Gazetted railway officers are given six sets of privilege passes in a year and the non-gazetted railway employees get one set of privilege pass up to end of fifth year of railway service and thereafter three sets a year, he said.