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Blog Entry# 1822876  
Posted: Apr 27 2016 (17:53)

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Apr 27 2016 (14:07)   Railway e-tickets come with matching ID proof

Jayashree   36428 news posts
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Chennai: While the Railway Police Force (RPF) is trying its best to keep a hawk eye on touts and travel agents booking e-tickets, incidents of fake identification cards being produced as proof during train travel are on the rise.
An official from a reputed travel agency says, "Creating fake login identification is one of the easiest jobs online. Many touts (travel agents) use high technology software to create hundreds of login identification."
But, it is the creation of fake identification cards, including driving licence, created to validate the e-ticket that is alarming. If
a customer is aged 40, then the tout gives him the railway ticket and fake identification card which bears the age 40, says the official.
He adds that customer is asked to bring his passport which is affixed to the fake identification card. So, this is more serious and it would be difficult to nail the tout or the customer.
According to Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU) assistant secretary general G Lakshman, "The purpose of online ticket sale at Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is to stop bulk booking at the ticket counter at the railway station. But touts have many novel methods to cheat IRCTC and are continuously making bulk bookings which dogs railway authorities. Add to this the issue of fake identification and it becomes a more complex issue."
Creating a fake identity is very dangerous. If there is a mishap, the kin of the passenger would not be entitled to any compensation in case the traveller is dead or injured. But most passengers don't complain about fake ID for ticket.
"Train travel is one of the safest and cheapest modes of transport - particularly for long distance. For example, train travel from Chennai to Bengaluru costs Rs 540 (AC chair car), but bus travel would cost a minimum of Rs 800-Rs 1,200. So, many travellers don't worry about a fake ID proof when they have to shell out a few rupees more."
Based on vital inputs regarding e-ticket touts (travel agents) carrying out unauthorised business of procuring and booking e-tickets, the RPF of Chennai Division recently arrested nine persons, including owners of travel agencies, and recovered e-tickets and Rs 77,263 in cash.
There is also the question of Railways system. A ticket seller at the railway counter has to go through at least three captcha codes to book a ticket. But a customer of the IRCTC website has to pass through only one captcha code, thereby making booking a ticket easier on the website. Moreover, it is claimed that the Internet bandwidth speed of Indian Railways is slower than the average private broadband service.
RPF is planning to form a cyber cell so that it will also give it access to cyber forensics. The cyber cell will be equipped to handle different theft and robbery cases on trains. It will help in understanding the software and technical details involved in filing chargesheets against the accused with proof and valid documents to support the case. Moreover, it could also help them with expertise to analyse the hardware and software seized to discourage its usage again. The cell will function the way Government Railway Police works on cyber issues.

Apr 27 2016 (17:53)
🚆Bhartiya Rail🚆   348 blog posts   1 correct pred (50% accurate)
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its been done openly in mumbai.... agent provide laminated coloured (aadhar/pan) with same name as on e-ticket
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