Soon, You May Opt To Withdraw Your Aadhaar Number
Aadhaar card is considered as the world’s largest biometric ID system, with over 1.19 billion enrolled members of India. In fact, for people living in this country, Aadhaar card has become one of the most important personal document, the one document you can use to verify yourself.
Its importance can be proved by the fact that from a few months back linking of this document is being made mandatory, such as linking it to your mobile number, PAN and bank account and now the Indian government wants to give a final chance to the citizens living in India to take control over their most important personal document.
The government is in the last stages of finalising a proposal according to which all citizens living in India, can withdraw their Aadhaar number, including biometrics and the data. Basically, a Constitution Bench had struck down Section 57 of the Act that allows private entities to use the unique number for verification. The Bench also declared that seeking to link it with bank accounts and SIM cards was unconstitutional.
According to the initial proposal by UIDAI, the amend was originally prepared by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). In the proposal, it was clearly mentioned that once a child turns 18, he/she will be given six months to decide if he/she wants to withdraw. This proposal was sent to the Law Ministry to be vetted. “The Ministry further recommended that the option to withdraw be made available to all citizens, and not be limited to a particular group,” the official added.
However, this proposal probably won’t be sent to the Cabinet, is likely to benefit only those who do not have a PAN card or do not require one, as the court had upheld the linkage of PAN with Aadhaar. Over 37.50 crore PANs have been issued till March 12, 2018. Of these, the number of PANs issued to individuals stood at more than 36.54 crores, of which about 16.84 crore PANs have been linked with Aadhaar.
In line with the court order, the proposal seeks to appoint an adjudicating officer to decide whether a person’s Aadhaar-related data need to be disclosed in the interest of national security.