The Railway Ministry has announced that all passengers travelling through Indian Railways will be allowed to use mAadhaar as a valid identity proof for ticket verification, during their rail journey.
Do you remember the last time you forgot to bring an original copy of your identity proof while travelling by train? Yeah, that’s inconvenient, right? To ease out the hassle, the Indian Railways has decided to accept mAadhaar – that is the digital version of biometric Aadhaar cards, as a valid proof for ticket verification of their passengers. It’s easy because we may forget to eat but we’ll not forget to bring our phones – they are so stuck to our skins!
Till now, the original copies of PAN cards, Driving License, Voter ID card, Passport were the acceptable documents which could be used while travelling in trains, no photocopies. Gladly, now the acceptability is extended to mAadhaar which means we would just need our phones. This will not just relieve passengers from the pain and the fine, but it will also glorify Modi’s dream of ‘Digital India’. So whenever the TC shows up and asks for ID proof, just enter your password in mAadhaar app and flash your phone, not literally but yeah flash the digital document, and you’ll be good to go.
The application has been developed by UIDAI and for now it is available only to Android users. With this app, citizens of India will be able to carry their basic ID proof always – without the fear of losing the important crucial physical document. So have you noticed two things? First, that Aadhaar Card is eventually weaving into the core of our day-to-day lives while it is still vulnerable to data insecurities. And second that the Indian system is getting more and more digital, while still a huge chunk of India’s population faces basic problems like – hunger, unemployment, poverty and illiteracy. Yet, here we are, dreaming about modernisation and digitalisation.