Is it mandatory to link Aadhar Card?
Hi everyone! Is it mandatory to Link Aadhar Card. Lets discuss! As we all know, Aadhar card is a 12-digit unique identity number having the biometric records of every Indian resident. It was launched in 2009. The objective was to have a unique identity for every Indian resident.
In the last few years, we have seen that for a lot of services like banking, mobile etc, the mandatory KYC is Aadhar card. This has lead to companies forcing customers to link their Aadhar card with every service.
It is an official document recognized by the Government of India. All other documents like passport, voter-id, PAN card, driving license etc are not present with everyone. Hence, Aadhar card would be a unique document which every Indian possesses and hence if linked across services, it can help collate data of all citizens.
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But in my opinion mandatory linking should not be there. It causes unnecessary confusion among the people, and they have to run around linking their Aadhar card with mobile, banking services. This becomes difficult as people have to leave their daily jobs and do this activity.
This is a tedious process. But still the government and companies are given ample processes for the linking. Aadhar card would become a unifying factor across every Indian, breaking social-economic barriers. Aadhar is becoming a source of issue even for the poor who want food at ration outlets or gas which is a basic need to make food. How can this be forced on to people by making it compulsory? As it is, that people like daily wage workers, rag-pickers, farmers etc have to work every day for their daily bread. This tedious process of linking Aadhar would only create more problems. Is it justified to block banking services of people? Or can you cut mobile services just because you have not linked your Aadhar?
Leave apart the linking part. Is the Aadhar card secure? With all the personal information like photograph, mobile number, biometric finger-print, retain-scan, address etc, should such confidential information be even shared everywhere? There have been alleged cases where people have been selling Aadhar information at a nominal price. This can lead to several frauds, crimes etc and that too without the knowledge of the person whose document is being used.
Imagine an old couple living in a small town in India. How will they link their cards to the bank or go to a telecom store or get their ration cards linked? And if they don’t, the services would be blocked. Instead of making the life simpler, it is causing more issues. Also, there are close to 20 lakh homeless people in India and hence do not have an address. What about their Aadhar card? It is a good concept of having a unique card but with several loopholes.
However it can be taken in another way also that this is a onetime effort. Yes, India is a massive country with a diverse population across the length & breadth with several social, economic, political barriers. But once Aadhar card is linked, it would become very easy for the government to monitor and manage its resources and services. This would give the government a strong control over illegalities, frauds and help nab those who are cheating the system. There are certain ambiguities in the process. But we must remember that this process is for 1.2 billion people. Hence, if the effort of each individual is working towards the same goal, the objective can be achieved smoothly.
Hence it is to be concluded that Aadhar card is a government backed unique identification number which is in-place for close to 1.1 billion people in India. Whether linking Aadhar card compulsorily is required, can be debated. But the government needs to ease with the deadlines as this cannot be priority for people, leaving their daily jobs.
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-Geetika Goyal (Team Itslyf)
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