New Delhi: Clarifying on its order of making ID proof mandatory for all AC class passengers, the Railway Ministry on Friday made another announcement stating that IDs would not be required during the time of purchasing tickets from the counter and internet.

In an order to prevent misuse, transfer or black-marketing of train tickets by travel agents, the Railway Ministry had announced earlier that all the AC I, II and III passengers will have to necessarily produce an approved identity card while travelling.

Currently, only electronic tickets and tatkal tickets purchased from counters require details of passenger’s ID.

The decision will come into effect from February 15 across the country.

If more than one passenger is travelling on one ticket, any one passenger in a group is required to carry the original ID proof.

The new circular released by the Ministry stated – “Passengers travelling in AC I, II and III in mail, express, super fast, Shatabadi trains have to show their identity cards to the TTE. However, the IDs would not be required during the time of booking tickets.”

The ID proof could be a voter ID, PAN card, driving licence, nationalized bank passbook with photo, passport, credit card issued by banks with laminated photos, student ID card with photo or Aadhaar.

Cases of black-marketing and transfer of tickets have been alarmingly on the rise in past few years.

During 2008-09, 20,240 cases of ticket transfer were reported and 2521 were apprehended. In 2010-11, 63,854 such cases were detected and 2480 people were apprehended, officials informed.

The Centre for Railway Information Systems has been asked to make necessary changes in the software so as to incorporate the message in the rail tickets.