The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday cautioned e-commerce companies such e-bay, Flipkart, Amazon etc not to allow their merchants to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing Aadhaar card.
“Collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner may amount to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code,” says a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology release.
UIDAI has also cautioned public not to fall to ploys of “some unscrupulous entities who are charging anywhere between Rs 50 to Rs 200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card, as the Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded version of Aadhaar on ordinary paper is perfectly valid.”
The public for protection of their privacy are advised not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card, says the release. Some entities have also been charging far more for simply laminating the downloaded version of Aadhaar.
“The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper is perfectly valid for all uses. If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so called SMART Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart Aadhaar card,” said Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
In case a person still wants to get his Aadhaar card laminated or printed on plastic card, he may do so only at authorized Common Service Centres or Aadhaar Permanent Enrollment Centres by paying no more than the prescribed rate, which is not more than Rs 30, the release adds.
“In case of loss, the print out of the downloaded Aadhaar, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic card or get it laminated,” says the release.