Aad­haar must to get driv­ing li­cence, ac­cess ser­vices soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Aloke Tikku and Moushumi Das Gupta let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: You will soon have to pro­duce an Aad­haar num­ber to ac­cess gov­ern­ment ser­vices, right from ap­ply­ing for a driv­ing li­cence to reg­is­ter­ing a prop­erty deed.

De­liv­er­ing tar­geted sub­si­dies isn’t all that the Aad­haar bill passed by Par­lia­ment this month seeks to achieve. It also makes the 12-digit unique iden­tity num­ber the new weapon in the gov­ern­ment’s ar­moury to fight black money, put an end to be­nami trans­ac­tions and check frauds, too.

Once the new law comes into force, the gov­ern­ment will start iden­ti­fy­ing pub­lic ser­vices that you can ac­cess only on pro­duc­ing an Aad­haar num­ber. Those who do not have it will have to give proof that they have ap­plied for one. Nearly 78% of the 128 crore pop­u­la­tion has been is­sued an Aad­haar num­ber.

Notwith­stand­ing the risks to pri­vacy, this will have its share of ad­van­tages.

“It will sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the prob­lem of ghosts and du­pli­cates in the sys­tem... what is called re­tail fraud,” ABP Pandey, di­rec­tor gen­eral and mis­sion di­rec­tor, Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Author­ity of In­dia, told HT.

For in­stance, Aad­haar will en­sure that a per­son can get only one driv­ing li­cence, ir­re­spec­tive of which cor­ner of the coun­try he gets it from.

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