Patients to be issued I-card for availing rail concession

There are cases of misuse of concession facilities meant for patients by unscrupulous elements which is not only causing revenue loss but also depriving genuine passengers of the tickets, said a senior Railway Ministry official, involved with making changes in the ticketing system.

Concession meant for patients specially cancer patients for whom it is 100 percent, is being cornered by getting doctors' certificate fraudulently, the official said.

Railways will verify the genuinity of doctor's name, registration number and other requirements before issuing a unique identity card which will have an interface with the ticketing system.

Verification system has been strengthened to prevent misuse of concession facilities so that only genuine persons get the benefit, the official said, adding, the design and security features of the proposed I-card has been finalised and to be issued shortly.

The I-card will have a number which can be used for booking e-tickets also.

"The details and genuinity of patients in various category will be examined thoroughly before issuing the I-card to the patients and once the I-card is issued, the tickets can be booked online also," the official said.