In a noteworthy move to bring huge relief to passengers, Indian Railways announced that it will allow passengers to transfer their confirmed ticket to someone else in case they are unable to travel.
A statement released by the Indian Railways said, “Chief Reservation Supervisors 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.”
The railways have also put down guidelines for the successful transfer of the ticket:
1)A passenger can transfer a confirmed ticket to their family members like father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, husband and wife. This needs to be done through a written request 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train.
2) If the passenger is a government servant, going ahead on duty, he/she can push a written request 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains. Following this, the name on the ticket will be changed to another person’s name.
3) If a passenger is a student of a recognised educational institute, they can make this request through the head of their institution 48 hours before the scheduled departure time. The confirmed ticket can be transferred to any other student of the same institute.
4) If the travellers are members of a marriage party, then any person considered as the head of the group can give out a written request 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train. Any member of this group can transfer the ticket to any other person of the same group.
5) A group of cadets of National Cadet Corps can avail this facility. They can transfer a confirmed reservation ticket/ tickets to any other cadet. The officer or head of such a group can file a written request 24 hours before the departure of the train.
Further, Indian Railways said that such requests will only be granted once. In case of a marriage party, NCC cadets and students, these requests in excess of 10% of the group’s strength would not be granted.