1. Aadhaar card linking: Only 2,300 bank branches open enrolment centres on premises as against target of 15,300

Aadhaar card linking: Only 2,300 bank branches open enrolment centres on premises as against target of 15,300

According to UIDAI stipulation, 43 private and public sector banks have to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in 15,315 branches. Against this, as per latest data, enrolment centres have been opened in 2,305 branches so far.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2017 6:25 PM
aadhaar card linking, aadhaar card, public sector banks, aadhaar card linking with bank accounts, bank account, Aadhaar enrolment, UIDAI The Aadhaar-issuing body has already extended by a month, till October 31. (Reuters)

Only about 2,300 branches of private and public sector banks have opened Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres within their premises as against the targeted 15,300 branches by this month end, an official source said today. The Aadhaar-issuing body has already extended by a month, till October 31, the deadline for banks to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in at least 10 per cent or over 15,000 of their branches. This is the second extension given to the banks for opening such centres. “The September 31 deadline that was given to the banks had been extended by one more month to October 31,” the source told PTI. According to UIDAI stipulation, 43 private and public sector banks have to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in 15,315 branches. Against this, as per latest data, enrolment centres have been opened in 2,305 branches so far.

The source said, State Bank of India has started Aadhaar enrolment centres in 356 of the required 2,918 branches, while Syndicate Bank has opened these centres in 245 of the targeted 840 branches. Dena Bank has opened 194 enrolment centres as against 339 identified branches. Among the private sector banks, HDFC bank has opened 74 centres as against 403 branches identified, while ICICI Bank has done it in 59 branches against 485 targeted branches. Also Axis Bank has opened 61 enrolment centres as against 337 branches identified. While Punjab National Bank has to open enrolment centres in 1,132 branches, it has not yet started any. UCO Bank and Vijaya Bank have opened 12 and 19 such centres respectively, against the targeted 380 and 213 bank branches that are required to have the facility. The Bank Aadhaar Kendras are being set up with a view to make the Aadhaar verification process of bank accounts convenient for the people, and also to have more Aadhaar centres across the country. Banks without Aadhaar enrolment centres in 10 per cent of their branches will face Rs 20,000 fine (per uncovered branch) after October 31.

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    Rameswar Pattanayak
    Oct 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm
    Instead of Banks Branches, it will be better to equip all the Post offices, Head, Sub and Branch Post offices and train their employee to run permanent Aadhar enrollment centers pan India. This will ease the difficulties practically.
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      Reader
      Oct 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm
      A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. 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. 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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        Reader
        Oct 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. (Please Google: "Identi-ty Cards Act 2006" and "Identi-ty Documents Act 2010") 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, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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          Reader
          Oct 20, 2017 at 7:02 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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