IR takes measures to curb illegal e-ticketing

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GUWAHATI, March 22: In order to curb e-ticketing malpractices, a number of preventive and punitive measures have been taken up by Indian Railways. This was informed by the minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Piyush Goyal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha recently. He pointed out some of the important initiatives taken in this regard which include instructions issued to ensure that tickets are not booked on abbreviated names and full name of the passenger and the surname, wherever applicable, are recorded at the time of booking reserved tickets; making it mandatory to carry prescribed identity proof for one of the passengers while undertaking journey in reserved class; regular checks in mass contact areas such as Passenger Reservation System (PRS) centres, booking offices, platforms, trains, etc. to prevent unauthorized ticketing activities including the use of scripting software; checking has been applied on minimum time required to enter the passenger details and CAPTCHA while booking tickets online; authorized agents of IRCTC have been restricted from booking tickets during the first fifteen minutes of opening of the Advance Reservation Period (ARP) booking and Tatkal booking; educating general public through Public Address System and media to not buy tickets from unscrupulous elements; among others.

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