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Change in name of passenger having confirmed reservation: Rajya Sabha Q&A

Passengers (Change of Names) Rules, 1990 restrict the facility of change of name by any passenger having a berth/seat reserved in his/her name to five conditions i.e.

  • Government servant proceeding on duty,
  • family member,
  • students of a recognized Government institution,
  • cadet of National Cadet Corps(NCC) &
  • marriage party.

With a view to prevent the misuse of this facility, detailed procedure has been advised to all Zonal Railways which, inter- alia, stipulates for granting of this permission generally by a gazetted officer on production of the specified supporting documents, maintaining of record of such permission and inspection of this record periodically.

Change of name facility is not permitted on Tatkal scheme.

Above information was given by Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways Shri Bhart Sinh Solanki in Rajya Sabha.  Details of Rajya Sabha Q&A given below:

RAJYA SABHA
Change in name of passenger having confirmed reservation

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO907 by SHRI SANJAY RAUT
(a) whether it is a fact that railway authorities allow change in the name of passenger holding confirmed reservation;
(b) whether it is also a fact that this facility is being misused by travel agents in collusion with railway authorities;
(c) whether any complaint has been received by Railways in this regard; and
(d) if so, whether Railways would review this scheme?

ANSWERED ON17.08.2012 by MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS (SHRI BHARATSINH SOLANKI)

(a): Yes, Sir.

(b) to (d): Passengers (Change of Names) Rules, 1990 restrict the facility of change of name by any passenger having a berth/seat reserved in his/her name to five conditions i.e. Government servant proceeding on duty, family member, students of a recognized Government institution, cadet of National Cadet Corps(NCC) & marriage party.

With a view to prevent the misuse of this facility, detailed procedure has been advised to all Zonal Railways which, inter- alia, stipulates for granting of this permission generally by a gazetted officer on production of the specified supporting documents, maintaining of record of such permission and inspection of this record periodically. Change of name facility is not permitted on Tatkal scheme. No complaint regarding misuse of this facility has been reported in 2012-13. There is no proposal at present to review this scheme.

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Source: Rajya Sabha Q&A
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