New Delhi, After the new measures taken to protect the Aadhaar system, the need for the new deadline to connect the Aadhaar number to the necessary services is felt. In this regard, senior officials of Unique Identification Authority of India will be meeting with the country’s banking and telecom regulators to decide whether to decide whether or not to set new deadlines instead of March 31. In the coming weeks, UIDAI officials will have discussions with several ministries, RBI and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India officials.
A senior government official told, “In case of Permanent Account Number and bank accounts, it is necessary to provide Aadhaar numbers under the Income Tax Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. So there is no scope for them to fall. ”
It is a matter of allowing new users to transact through virtual ID in new security protocols. It is expected to issue a virtual token from service providers so that the actual number is hidden. This arrangement, however, will be applicable from June. The official said, “The need of the Aadhaar will be in every scheme, in which money is made from the Consolidated Fund of India. We believe that people feel more comfortable sharing the Aadhaar numbers with government agencies rather than private ones.
Last year, the government made it mandatory to link 12 digit number with PAN, bank accounts and mobile numbers. Apart from this, it was necessary to link it with several schemes, including Post Office Deposit, Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate Scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra. The time was given till December 31, 2017 to give information to the existing customers. Later on, on the basis of the various petitions, to give the Supreme Court the opportunity to make the decision, all the deadlines were increased to March 31, 2018.
The official said, “The government will soon meet with the Department of Telecom and will take a view on whether the telecom companies need Aadhaar numbers or not. Similarly, insurance, mutual funds and the RBI will also have to decide.
Those who raise voice in the right of privacy are demanding that the linkage of Aadhaar number should not be compulsorily. He also raised the issue of not being adequately protected. The Supreme Court will hear the new arguments on this issue on January 17. Last week, UIDAI had announced to create ‘Virtual ID’, which would be used for any service in place of the 12 digit Aadhaar number in the authentication. It also limited information access on behalf of the authentication agencies. These steps are expected to strengthen the safety of privacy. These measures will be applicable in June.
The official said that if people ask for increased deadline, the government will consider it. He said that in addition to bank accounts and pan, many Government Subsidy schemes, including cooking gas and public distribution system, need Aadhaar numbers so that the fraudulent account holders can be separated. The citizens will soon have the option to give information of their 12-digit Aadhaar number if they wish, even if demand is being done by government agencies.
The government official told, “In addition to the information of the first information in which the information was kept in the database, service providers will be asked to remove their records and instead of the UID number 72 characters will be asked to bring the token.