Asia Bizz: The Indian railways have made it mandatory for all the passengers traveling in the upper class to carry their original identity proof while traveling. It is mandatory for all the passengers traveling in First class air conditioned, AC two tier and AC three tier, AC Chair car and Executive classes in the trains.

The rule has been applicable from February 8, 2012 onwards. The railways said that the new rule is applicable to any one of the passenger or passengers booking tickets from computerized passenger reservation system or through the internet, while travelling in upper class.

The passengers who do not produce the original identity proof will be treated as ticketless and will be charged accordingly. The passengers can produce the original copy of voter identity cards, passport, driving license, PAN card, or identity cards issued by the state government or central government with serial numbers.

The railways state that passengers can also carry bank passbooks along with photograph of a nationalized bank, Aadhar card, pension pay orders, ration cards with picture, senior citizen cards, below poverty line cards, Employees State Insurance ESI and other such government based documents.