On 13th September, Ministry of Railways decided to consider m – Aadhaar (Aadhaar card on the mobile app) as a proof of identity for the travelers in any reserved class.
m – Aadhaar which is a mobile – based interface has been launched as a push towards the ‘Digital India’ initiative. The app has been launched by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which carries demographic information like name, date of birth, gender, and address along with user’s photograph and is linked with one’s Aadhaar number. The app is currently available only for the Android users.
During the journey, passengers are required to open the app and enter his / her password.
the ministry said in a statement.
At one hand where Aadhaar card playing an important role towards a digitalized India, on the other hand, this 12 digit biometric card issued by the Government is going through many controversies as it has been mandated for Indians to access many crucial Government services and benefits.
This flagship program has been also questioned with violation of privacy for the orders of linking Aadhaar with PAN Card, Bank Account and SIM card, which will enable Government to know all about its Citizens and track them.
A petition was also filed in the court against the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar project primarily against the biometric details of a person which when fall into wrong hands can be an invasion of privacy.
The case was transferred to a 9 Judge Constitutional bench which heard only on “Whether Privacy is a Fundamental Right Guaranteed by Article 21 of Constitution of India. “To which Supreme Court gave his historic judgment and declared the right to privacy is indeed a fundamental right.
You can also read more about the judgment here: https://rupeenomics.com/verdict-aadhaar-right-privacy-case/
The Constitutional Bench, headed by then Chief Justice JS Khekar, also constituted a five Judge Bench to listen to the question of “Whether Aadhaar as a government scheme violates the newly adjudged Right to Privacy of Indian Citizens” The next hearing of this case will be held during November 2017.
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