1. You can open new bank account without Aadhaar but there is a catch

You can open new bank account without Aadhaar but there is a catch

The Supreme Court of India has extended deadlines for linking Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. However, for opening a new bank account, the applicant will have to show that he/she has applied for the Aadhaar number.

By: | Updated: December 15, 2017 11:51 AM
Supreme Court, Aadhaar, Aadhaar card, Bank accounts The Supreme Court of India has extended deadlines for linking Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. (Image: IE)

The Supreme Court of India has extended deadlines for linking Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes to March 31, 2018. However, for opening a new bank account, the applicant will have to show that he/she has applied for the Aadhaar number, Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the unanimous interim order, said.

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile services until March 31. The government had earlier extended the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN to March 31.

Aadhaar — the 12-digit random number — has already embarked upon to become the identity of over 1.17 billion Indians, but there are many more Indians who still need enrol for Aadhaar. Assam tops the list of Indian states with least number of Aadhaar subscribers. As per the latest data provided by UIDAI in its All India District Saturation Report, only 18,15,118 people out of 3,11,69,272 living in the state have got their UIA issued. This means that only 5.8% of the state’s population have got their Aadhaar cards.

In fact, the top 5 Indian states with least number of UIDs issued are from North East. Meghalaya is on the second spot with 2,23,998 Aadhaar subscribers accounting for 7.8% of the total population of 29,64,007. The gap then widens, with Mizoram on the third spot having 51.1% Aadhaar base. Arunachal Pradesh (53.6%) and Nagaland (56.7%) complete the top 5. They are followed by Jammu Kashmir where 83,50,079 people have got their UIDs from a total population of 1,25,48,926.

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    Reader
    Dec 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      Reader
      Dec 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm
      The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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        Reader
        Dec 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm
        The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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          Rajesh Sharma
          Dec 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm
          The Supreme Court has let down the people of India badly by refusing to issue a stay order on the coercive enrollment and possession of Aadhaar. We expected the 5-judge bench to uphold the spirit of the 9-judge bench's decision on privacy till a final judgement on Aadhaar's cons-ti-tutionality was arrived at. Instead we have been delivered a half-baked order mandating one to still enroll for Aadhaar to open a bank account or apply for a PAN card.
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