The Government of India is taking a precautionary step to reduce the misuse of Aadhaar cards. Under the Aadhaar Act, the Aadhaar card number of an individual will not be allowed to publish or post the information publicly. They will have to secure the 12-digit identification number confidentially.
This new move is taken to restrict sharing and circulation of Aadhaar numbers as an effort of UIDAI’s to ensure the information is not misused. As per the rules, the core bio-metric information collected by the authorities should not be shared with anyone for whatever the reason may be.
The CEO od Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),Mr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that “the data he (resident) has given, that data is now also secure and protected… it casts responsibility on UIDAI and other agencies that use his Aadhaar number for various purposes to protect his identity and data and maintain confidentiality.”
As per the rules, any violation of the Aadhaar card will constitute the penalty and are punishable under the act. The Government has imposed a penalty of 1 lakh and could go up to three years in prison. In the case of violating database of Aadhaar card with Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) then the penalty will be up to ten years.
“Those who do not have Aadhaar will be directed for enrollment at a nearby center… In case after enrollment it is taking time and Aadhaar is not assigned, then there has to be a mechanism for alternative means of identification,” the official said.
Now the Indian Railways has also made the Aadhaar card authentication compulsory for railway tickets.