Driving licence to be linked with Aadhaar: IT Minister

RSTV Bureau

After linking Aadhaar to Permanent Account Number (PAN) government is likely to take up the linkage of Drivers license card to Aadhar database.

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing the digital Haryana conclave

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing the digital Haryana conclave

IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said that there is a proposal to link Aadhaar with driving licences as well as vehicle registration to ensure that multiple licences are not issued in case anyone seeks to do so.

Addressing the Digital Haryana Summit, Prasad said that government saved Rs 57,000 crore through the use of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), “pocketed” earlier by middlemen adding that schemes linked to DBT send money to right people.

“We have saved 57,000 crores, which used to be pocketed by middlemen (earlier),” he said at the Digital Haryana Summit.

As per Prasad, the government had informed Parliament that there were over 33 crore beneficiaries under 84 schemes which have been linked to the DBT at the end of February 2017.

Referring to the debate on the security of Aadhaar data, he said the biometric information — which includes iris scan and fingerprints — is stored in an encrypted form and is very secure.

“If you look at the physical card, it has my photo, says I am a male and has my permanent Patna address at the back. It does not have details like names of my parents, caste, religion, educational qualification, financial income or health records. None of the things by which you can be profiled is mentioned on the Aadhaar card,” he said.

He added that “Aadhaar is a digital identity” which confirms the physical identity with the help of biometrics and there are laws in place to check against unauthorised usage of Aadhaar.

File photo of CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey

File photo of CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Prasad, along with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, unveiled a slew of initiatives around IT, startups and cyber security.

To boost the startup ecosystem in Gurugram, the state government and IT industry body Nasscom have set up a startup warehouse.

The eighty-four seater unit also has a mobile application development incubation centre within the warehouse. It has already received more than 350 applications from startups for facility.

Besides, the state government also launched Centre for IoT (Internet of Things), Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), and incubation centres.