Aadhaar-driving licence linking mandatory- Ravi Shankar Prasad

aadhar-mobile-number-updateRecently, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was spotted at “106th Indian Science Congress” at Lovely Professional University in Phagwara. While delivering his presidential address, the minister of Law, Electronics and Information Technology said: “We are soon going to bring a law will make it mandatory to link Aadhaar Card with Driving License”.

As per his statement, it is clear that the government is on the verge of making law wherein it’ll become mandatory link your Aadhaar Card with your Driving License. He explained this with quite a logical reason. He said that presently, a guilty person flies away from the place of the accident and get a new license. Once your Aadhar Cards will be linked with Driving License this will be no more a loophole for a guilty person to get away with from the situation.

UID (Unique Identification Number) is issued to each citizen of India. This Idea was put forward by Shri Nandan Nilekani in the governance of the UPA Government. He came up with such an amazing idea and implemented it but it was non-statutory and there was no law governing it. Since it was divided house, it became difficult for him to make it legal and the Prime Minister was indecisive.

It is a fact that the amazing idea of Aadhaar Card with UID (Unique Identification Number) was put forward during UPA Government. Although, UPA failed:

  1. To make it statutory (legal).
  2. To pass a law for the same.
  3. Mention the use of UID (Unique Identification Number) and Aadhaar Card.

Later, the idea was put forward to BJP Prime Minister by Shri Nandan Nilekani and he decided to make it statutory and legal. NDA re-examined the presentation of Aadhaar Card and finally passed legislation for the same. Earlier, it was considered an issue against “Right to Privacy” as it involves all the information about the applicant including fingerprints and iris recognition. Although, this was later sorted and given a clean chit that it is no more an issue of Privacy. The government came up with good governance for the Aadhaar Cards and protection or safeguard against its misuse.

The Aadhaar Bill was passed by the Government on 16th March 2016 and it was announced on 26th March 2016. Some of the parts of the bill which were not passed on this date were released on 12th September 2016.

Below are some facts relating to the Aadhaar Cards:

  1. In the past 28 months, 122 crores of Aadhaar numbers have been issued by the authority.
  2. 99% of the population of India above the age of 18, hold Aadhaar Cards.
  3. In many of the states, various schemes have been linked with Aadhaar Card.
  4. Cooking Gas Subsidies are given through DBT in bank accounts linked to the Aadhaar Cards.
  5. Majority of ration card holders have linked their Aadhaar Cards to their bank accounts.
  6. MGNREGA card holders, as well as Social assistance programme beneficiaries, have done the same.
  7. Income Tax Department got 21 crores PAN Card Holders link Aadhaar Card to their PAN cards.
  8. Each day, 2.7 crore authentication of Aadhaar Card takes place.

The concept of Aadhaar Card is revolutionary and brought many changes in India. It was a difficult task to make it legal but goods things come after crossing obstacles.  The linking of Aadhaar Card to all cards or benefits makes it easy to recognize the cardholder and finding the actual beneficiary (in case of benefit) or guilty (in case of some issue). Aadhaar Cards involve the recording of personal details, iris recognition and fingerprints. It may be possible for a person to have a duplicate identity by changing personal details but one cannot have a duplicate identity with the same iris and fingerprints. Due to these safeguard and strict measures, it eliminates the duplication of identity.

This was massive and led to the elimination of duplicate as well as fake or non-existing beneficiaries. The elimination of middle-men made it possible to transfer the benefits directly to the beneficiary bank account. As per the Dividend Digital Report prepared by the World Bank, it was determined that India can save ₹77,000 crore every year with Aadhaar Card.

Way to go, Indian Government.

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