A couple of days after reports of a massive leak of Aadhar data was found in a Jharkhand government website, another shocker has come to light. This time Aadhaar numbers of many beneficiaries were found on the Public Distribution system (PDS) website, according to the Indian Express. As per the report, while checking the PDS website, two options were provided to the surfer. One was Ration card, and the other one was Ration Card Dynamic Report. In the second option, a form was provided asking for details like district, tehsil, village and state. After choosing a village randomly, the user was asked to choose the sequence in which details were needed.
There were 14 categories of details and they had to be numbered as per preference. After submission of details, the website showed names, age, address, the name of spouse, parents’ name, UID number, ration card number, schemes under which they were beneficiaries and whether they had gas connections or not.
According to the Aadhaar Act, the UID number cannot be displayed or posted publicly. Within hours after the paper contacted authorities, the option of Ration Card Dynamic Report was blocked by the website.
When the screenshots were shown, Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, a probe has been ordered on the issue.
“It is shocking. We had issued instructions that no Aadhaar details should be displayed anywhere. I have directed the secretary, food and supply department to investigate, fix responsibility and make a detailed report regarding this”, Aggarwal was quoted as saying by the paper.
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The incident came to light days after a website of Jharkhand Government was found to be showing Aadhar card numbers of thousands of pension beneficiaries. When the mistake was spotted, the details were removed from it.