Accepting SMS Sent by IRCTC on Par With Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) for Undertaking Train Journey on E-Tickets

In a move to further make Train Reservation Ticketing System
passenger friendly, the Ministry of Railways has decided to permit Short Messaging
Service (SMS) sent by its PSU, Indian Railways Catering & Tourism
Corporation (IRCTC) containing vital details as an instrument on par with the
Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS). This has come into effect from 1st February,

The mandatory features of the authorized SMS are (a) SMS
sent by IRCTC/Railways will be considered for this purpose and (b) The SMS
would contain all the vital ticket details like PNR, Train Number, Date of
Journey, Class, Name & Number of Passengers, Coach & Seat Number and
Fare paid. (c) Also if feasible, the SMS will accommodate the names of all
passengers booked on the e-ticket, otherwise maximum number of passengers. 
Earlier the Railways has decided to treat the screen shot of
the e-ticket displayed through laptops/palmtops/mobile phones referred to as
virtual reservation Message (VRM) and the Mobile Reservation Message (MRM) for
tickets booked on mobile phones combined with valid photo-id in original, as an
instrument on par with the Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS), even for tickets
booked through the IRCTC website. Now the SMS sent by IRCTC will also be
The authorized SMS containing all the aforementioned vital
details when displayed through laptops/palmtops/mobile phones combined with valid
photo-id in original shall be treated as an instrument on par with the ERS. 
The ERS/SMS/VRM/MRM along with (i) confirmed/RAC
reservation, (ii) Valid ID-proof and (iii) Appearance of name of the passengers
on the chart, will be the components of a valid authority to travel. 
The list of valid proofs of identity to be produced in
original during the course of on-board and off-board checking are as under: 
Voter Photo identity card issued by Election Commission of India. 
card issued by Income Tax Department 
Driving Licence issued by RTO 
Photo identity card having serial number issued by Central/State Government. 
Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for
their students. 
Nationalized Bank Passbook with photograph 
Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph 
Unique Identification Card “Aadhaar” 
The SMS will also have to be displayed during the course of
On-board/Off-board checking. If the passenger fails to produce/display this SMS
due to any eventuality (loss, discharged mobile/laptop etc.) but has the
prescribed proof of identity, a penalty of Rs. 50/- per ticket as applicable to
such cases will be levied. The ticket checking staff On board/Off board will
give EFT for the same. 

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