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Railways to accept digital Aadhaar, driving licence as ID proof

Indian Railways has clarified that it will accept digital copies of Aadhaar and driving license issued in DigiLocker app as valid ID proof while travelling in trains. It sent a missive to all zonal principal chief commercial managers
stating that the two proofs shall be accepted as identity proof as well. The organisation has already approved digital Aadhaar as valid identity proof if accessed through the mAadhaar app.

People often are wary about losing their original identity cards while travelling. They will now be able to protect their identity cards form being stolen or misplaced. As per railways, a person will have to get his Aadhaar or driving license issued in his DigiLocker account. These documents will be shown in the “Issued Documents” section in the DigiLocker app. However, uploaded copies of Aadhaar and driving license that are saved in the “Uploaded Documents” section will not be considered as valid identity proofs.

This step is seen as another praiseworthy measure by railways to promote the Digital India initiative of the central government. DigiLocker was started by the government under which Indian citizens get the facility to get official government documents issued in their DigiLocker account. As documents issued and uploaded in DigiLocker are stored on cloud, these can be accessed anytime from anywhere. Documents issued in DigiLocker are safe and highly secure as these are protected with Aadhaar OTP-based authentication.

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