1. No proposal to make Aadhaar card linkage mandatory for property deals, government tells Parliament

No proposal to make Aadhaar card linkage mandatory for property deals, government tells Parliament

There was no proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property transactions, Parliament was informed today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 19, 2017 4:58 PM
aadhaar, aadhaar card linkage, aadhaar card, aadhaar card link mandatory, aadhaar card property deals, aadhaar card compulsory link, aadhaar card proposal Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted at a crackdown on “benami” properties and thus, there was a speculation that linking Aadhaar with property transactions could be a step in that direction.

There was no proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property transactions, Parliament was informed today. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, however, said the rural development ministry had advised the states and union territories to explore the possibilities of using consent-based Aadhaar authentication for registration of properties under the provisions of the Registration Act, 1908. The comments assume significance in the backdrop of Puri reportedly stating last month that seeding Aadhaar to property transactions was a great idea and as the government was linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, it might take some additional steps for the property market also. To a query on the issue, the minister said, “At present, there is no proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory in property transactions.” To questions, including one on whether the government had set any time-frame for linking the unique identification number for property dealings, he said, “(The questions) do not arise.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted at a crackdown on “benami” properties and thus, there was a speculation that linking Aadhaar with property transactions could be a step in that direction. A “benami” property is one which is held by the owner in someone else’s name.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 19, 2017 at 5:34 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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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 19, 2017 at 5:33 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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      1. R
        Reader
        Dec 19, 2017 at 5:33 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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