New Delhi, August 4: The central government on Friday ruled out at Aadhaar card is mandatory to book rail tickets.  Union minister of state for Railways- Rajen Gohain, as per news agency PTI, told the Upper House of Parliment- The Rajya Sabha that his ministry has no intention of making the 12-digit unique identification number compulsory for booking rail tickets.

“Also,  there is no proposal right now to make Aadhar card mandatory but from January 1 onwards, for senior citizens to avail concession in travel Aadhar verification has been introduced on a voluntary basis,” Gohain further stated.

The minister’s statement comes on a day the home ministry made the Aadhaar number mandatory for registration of death with effect from October 1, 2017.

  Over the last few months, the Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for a range of services and schemes — for bank accounts, to file taxes, for tuberculosis patients to avail treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), to avail the benefits under the Maternity Benefit Programme and Integrated Child Protection Scheme and other schemes for farmers, labourers, students etc.