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  1. Aadhaar-insurance policy linking deadline extended till March 31 as well

Aadhaar-insurance policy linking deadline extended till March 31 as well

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on Monday also extended the time to link Aadhaar number to insurance policies until March 31.

By: | Updated: December 19, 2017 11:58 AM
Supreme Court, Aadhaar card, Aadhaar card linking, bank accounts  the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on Monday also extended the time to link Aadhaar number to insurance policies until March 31. (Image: IE)

After Aadhaar linking with PAN, bank account, mobile number and various other services were extended until March 31, 2018, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on Monday also extended the time to link Aadhaar number to insurance policies till March 31.

In a circular issued on Monday to all the life, non-life (including standalone health insurers) the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) said the date of submission of the Aadhaar Number and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by clients to reporting entity is 31 March 2018.

The Supreme Court of India last week extended deadlines for linking Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes to March 31. 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 had 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 is a 12-digit random number and there are over 1.17 billion Indians who have registered themselves for Aadhaar number. But there are many more Indians who still need enrol for Aadhaar, which made the government extend the deadline from December 31 to March 31. 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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  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 19, 2017 at 5:31 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 5:31 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 5:31 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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