On 15th September, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announces that soon Aadhaar will be linked to one’s driver’s license.
Center is making the linkage of Aadhaar card and driver’s license so as to curb people from having multiple driving licenses for a single man.
Nitin Gadkari is Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India.
At present, many people tend to use multiple licenses. So if one license is confiscated, they can use another one. As a result, these multiple license generates fake identity. Hence, the solution to this menace is to link Aadhaar to driving license.
He further says that
This announcement comes immediately after the Government plans to link Aadhaar with Mobile SIM cards, where all the SIM cards will be deactivated in case of not linked with Aadhaar by February 2018.
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He also says that the linkage between PAN card and Aadhaar has been done to prevent money laundering.
Sequentially Government is making it compulsory to link Aadhaar with almost every important document like PAN card, Bank accounts, financial transactions and welfare schemes. And lack of the Aadhaar card leads to denial of services. Hence, petition has been filed against this flagship program by the Government, as it violates the privacy rights of an individual. To register for Aadhaar UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) collects all the demographic as well as biometric information such as Fingerprints and Iris Scans, which in case falls into wrong hands will be an invasion of privacy.
Where Supreme Court declares that “Right to Privacy” is a fundamental right guaranteed under article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
This verdict will definitely have an impact on Aadhaar card.
However, Supreme Court did not say anything categorically on biometrics for Aadhaar.
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