Did you also get a WhatsApp message about the great new initiative by the Railway Minister, Piyush Goel? The message lists lists five categories of people who are now eligible to transfer confirmed railway tickets. It seems like a simple and effective idea. These small improvements make a big difference. Why did no one think of it before? Or did they? Let us check it out…


The message is simple. Other than listing the categories it states that it is a “very good initiative by our Railway Minister Sri Piyush Goyal”

Alt News tried to uncover the truth behind this claim and stumbled upon some very interesting information.

In May 2016, the same message was in circulation for Suresh Prabhu. The OneIndia portal carried a news item that “The Ministry of Railways headed by Mr Suresh Prabhu has given one more reason to passengers to rejoice. Now, passengers will be able to transfer their confirmed tickets to their family members, if they are unable to travel at the last moment.” The website quoted the Indian Railway website and provided the same five ways to change in the name of passenger holding confirmed reservation. The India.com portal carried the same news in June 2017 too saying Indian Railways now lets you transfer your reserved train tickets to another person.

Alt News found a Times of India report dated April 2011 about Indian Railway introducing a facility to transfer tickets. All the five categories can be found in this article.

We found that the page with the five categories existed on Indian Railway website since 2010 without any changes. The following snapshot is dated April 7, 2010, and was captured by Wayback machine which snapshots various webpages on the Internet at regular intervals.

wayback machine indian railways

The story goes back even earlier. The Railway Act of 1989, prescribes that “the Central Government may, by notification, make rules to carry out the…. circumstances under which change of names of passengers, having reserved seats or berths, may be permitted”. The Indian Railway’s Passenger (change of names) Rules, 1990, lay down the five situations under which a passenger on whose name the ticket is issued can transfer the reserved ticket to someone else.

Passenger change of rules 1990

So a rule from 1990 has made it to a WhatsApp message in 2017, crediting Piyush Goyal for a groundbreaking change. The need for such a desperate image boosting was perhaps felt after the recent spate of derailments. It is amusing to find a policy change made in 1990 being celebrated as achievement 27 years later. Thankfully such claims can be debunked almost as quickly as they are made.

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5 Comments on "WhatsApp university ascribes a 27 year old policy change to Piyush Goyal"

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Hi Sam, Hoping you see this one in the middle of all abusing ping you may get for this….I am no bhakt, and do not follow BJP blindly, never attended RSS. You guys are doing a great job…I read altnews regularly. You are absolutely correct on the fact that this is old thing which BJP media team is taking credit for. But I am happy they did….until now I was not aware of this benefit….it is an amazing feature I guess vast majority of people were not aware of this. So while we nail them for incorrect credit, my view… Read more »
I was aware. You were not. You may feel it apoint of appreciation despite of wrong credit is being used as per habitual right wingers. They would have just promited . where was the compultion to spread lie. People like me who are aware abt scheme will see it as the article interpret. Second part of your question which mist of bhakta and wanna be bhakt asks why only against bjp…so pls be aware again that bjp is leader of fake news and lie factory…thousands of lie oriented factories are running from bjp. Pls share fake news from congress so… Read more »

Interesting response. Thanks you. I guess you are right on the factory part ….I would call it MEGA FACTORY of Lies. And honestly dont have any insider info. on either of the side so wont be able to get anything worth reporting.

Navtej Singh

If the media was doing what Altnews does there would not have 1984, 2002, Indira or Modi-Shah. Our beloved nation would have been the best. But we are too late.

Salute to all of you and persons like Ravish Kumar.

Santonu Bora

Why donot we close the Railway Department of GOI and go FORWARD.