Indian Railways by using ‘Aadhaar’ numbers provided by the Unique Identification Authority Of India (UIDAI) hopes to offer better services to its passengers.
“We are in talks with the railways, which have been pioneers in the use of IT, and we think there are many applications where Aadhaar authentication can be used to deliver better services to the people. We have just held preliminary meetings with the Railway Board,” said UIDAI Chairman, Nandan Nilekani.
The railway employees can use the unique numbers in the areas of pension payments, authenticating employee family members when they visit a health care facility or for railway receipts when goods are sent. The Indian Railways run about 11,000 trains every day including freight and passenger vehicles.