In a change that is sure to bring some relief to passengers, Indian Railways has now announced that it will allow passengers to transfer their confirmed ticket to another person in case they are unable to travel.
Sometimes just before travelling your plan get cancel, but now Indian Railways can provide you big relief in this concern. It’s a big change for travellers as previous guidelines related to the reservation do not allow the passengers to do this.
Indian Railways also put down guidelines on how to transfer a confirmed ticket. Here is a guideline released by the Indian Railways, world’s fourth largest railway network, to avail this facility:
# “Chief Reservation Supervisor of important stations are authorised by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name,” says a statement released by the Indian railways.
# If the passenger is a government servant, proceeding on duty, he/she can make written request 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains. The name on the ticket will be changed to another person’s name for whom the ticket transfer is sought.
# A passenger can also transfer his confirmed ticket to another member of his family, meaning, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband and wife. He/she just needs to make a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.
# Another condition applies where the passengers are students of a recognised educational institute. In such a case, the head of the institution can make a written request 48 hours before the scheduled departure. The reservation made in the name of any student can be transferred to any other student of the same institute.
# If the passengers are members of a marriage party, then any person deemed to be head of the group can make a written request 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. The reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party can be transferred to any other person, in this way.
# The facility can also be availed by a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps who have confirmed reservation ticket/tickets but need to transfer it/them to any other cadet. Any officer, who is head of such a group, can make a written request 24 hours before the train’s departure.
Indian Railways has further said that such request will be granted only once. However, in case of students, marriage party and NCC cadets, such request for change in excess of 10 per cent of the total strength of group shall not be granted.
This is not the first time that railways had made unprecedented changes in its system. Nearly a week ago, in a bid to promote to digital and cashless transactions, Ministry of Railways had decided that no Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) will be charged if passengers book rail tickets through debit cards for a transaction up to Rs 1 lakh. The passengers can avail this discount at both ticket counters as well as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website.