1. Fact check: These Indian states have lowest Aadhaar card subscribers

Fact check: These Indian states have lowest Aadhaar card subscribers

UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar card, on Thursday confirmed that the notifications (deadlines) for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID are still valid and will not be extended.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2017 11:41 AM
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UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar card, on Thursday confirmed that the notifications (deadlines) for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID are still valid and will not be extended. As of now, the last date for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31 and for SIM cards is February 6. However, Centre has told the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend the timelines till March 31, 2018. “That Aadhaar Act being in force, all notifications for requiring Aadhaar for various welfare programmes, verifying bank account, PAN card and SIM card with Aadhaar stand valid and lawful,” the UIDAI said in a statement.

This indeed, will increase trouble for those who are yet to get their Aadhaar cards and as surprising as it may sound, the number of such people is very high. 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.

The government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.

“The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programmes, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme Court and no stay has been granted. Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (December 7, 2017),” UIDAI said in a statement yesterday.

So, as the UIDAI also asked, people, should not get misled by the rumours doing rounds on various social media platforms and instead should ‘verify their bank accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the current laws and deadlines as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience’.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 20, 2017 at 4:08 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 20, 2017 at 4:08 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 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm
        A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship. 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. 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. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person.
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          NP
          Dec 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm
          When the matter is subjudice then how can UIDAI make such a statement. RBI has said that it has not issued any guidelines to banks for linking aadhaar to bank account and that in case of any loss to individual due to subsequent fraud using this feature will not be guaranteed by RBI. Whoa !! , The reason given by RBI to link bank account to aadhaar is to prevent money laundering as per money laundering act. Amazing ! just how many indians may be, of the 125 crores, involved in money laundering. Not even 1 percent ! Yet all the indians who do not register aadhaar in their bank account by 31 st Dec 2017 stand to have their bank accounts locked !! Phew amazing !!!
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            NP
            Dec 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm
            correction needed to previous post. No post posting editing available. When the matter is subjudice then how can UDAI make such a statement. RBI has said that it has not issued any guidelines to banks for linking aadhaar to bank account and that in case of any loss to individual due to subsequent fraud using this feature will not be guaranteed by RBI. Whoa !! , The reason given by RBI to link bank account to aadhaar is to prevent money laundering as per money laundering act. Amazing ! just how many indians may be, of the 125 crores, involved in money laundering. Not even 1 percent ! Yet all the indians who do not register aadhaar in their bank account by 31 st Dec 2017 stand to have their bank accounts locked !! Phew amazing !!!
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              NP
              Dec 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm
              When the matter is subjudice then how can UDAI make such a statement. RBI has said that it has not issued any guidelines to banks for linking aadhaar to bank account and that in case of any loss to individual due to subsequent fraud using this feature will not be guaranteed by RBI. Whoa !! , The reason given by RBI to link bank account to aadhaar is to prevent money laundering as per money laundering act. Amazing ! just how many indians may, be of the 125 crores, involved in money laundering. Not even 1 ! Yet all the indians who do not register aadhaar in their bank account by 31 st Dec 2017 stand to have their bank accounts locked !! Phew amazing !!!
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