“You learn something new everyday if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond
Thanks to a shared post on Facebook, here’s something I didn’t know till today. One CAN transfer a confirmed ticket (i.e. change the name of the passenger) on Indian Railways, subject to certain conditions. Picked this off straight from the Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry website.
Change in the Name of Passenger Holding Confirmed Reservation
1. Save as otherwise, a berth or a seat reserved in the name of a person shall be used only by the person and shall not be transferable to any other person.
2. Chief Reservation Supervisor of important stations are authorized by Railway Administration to permit the change of name of a passenger having a seat or berth reserved in his name in the following circumstances namely :
(a) Where the passenger is a Government Servant, proceeding on duty and appropriate authority, makes a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of trains
(b) Where the passenger makes a request in writing 24 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in his name may be transferred to another member of his family, meaning, Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Son, Daughter, Husband and Wife.
(c) Where the passengers are students of a recognized educational institution and the Head of the institution makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train, that the reservation made in the name of any student be transferred to any other student of the same institute.
(d) Where the passengers are members of a marriage party and any person deemed to be Head of such party makes a request in writing 48 hours before the scheduled departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any member of the marriage party be transferred to any other person.
(e) Where the passengers are a group of cadets of National Cadet Corps and any officer who is the head of the group, makes a request in writing at least 24 hours before the departure of the train that the reservation made in the name of any cadet be transferred to any other cadet.Such request will be granted only once.
Regarding item no. (c), (d) and (e), such request for change in excess of 10% of the total strength of group shall not be granted.
When we were in college and used to travel for camps and basketball matches, very often we encountered situations where children/ players needed to be replaced. Sometimes tickets would be cancelled and rebooked in the new child’s name, but confirmed reservation could never be taken for granted. Sometimes the coach/ manager would tell the ‘replacement’ to say her name was the name in the ticket. I don’t think anyone felt comfortable doing this, but there didn’t seem to be any other practical way of ensuring that the group would make it to the destination on schedule. This information would have surely been useful.