Prevention of misuse of TATKAL Scheme for rail tickets
The Ministry of Railways has decided to make stiffer conditions relating to booking of Tatkal Tickets in Trains. Especially to reduce the scope for misuse of Tatkal scheme, the following steps have been taken by the Railways ::-
i) Access to Tatkal booking on all days and normal booking on the opening g day of reservation through e-tickets by the Travel Agents/Web-service agents/Web Agents of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been disabled between 0800 a.m. and 09.00 a.m.
ii) It has been made mandatory to produce any one of the prescribed identity cards (in original) during the journey by any one of the passengers booked on a Tatkal ticket.
iii) Instructions have also been issued that Senior Divisional Commercial Managers/Divisional Commercial Managers should conduct regular inspections of Reservation offices and also personally inspect passenger Reservation System (PRS) offices during the opening hours and take immediate steps to check the routing activities.
The Railway Ministry has further reiterated two safeguards that already exist in the Tatkal Scheme, namely, (1) Tatkal Refund Rules are stringent to reduce chances of its misuse; and (2) Change of name facility is not available under the Scheme. All these information were given by the Hon'ble Minister of State for Railways Shri Bharatsinh Solanki in Rajya Sabha while he was answering a question.