Centre Plans To Link Aadhaar Card To Driver’s Licence

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The Indian government has planned to link the Aadhaar card with driving licences in India, to nab those who drive (and ride) around with multiple licence copies under a single name in India.

The Union Minister for Law and Justice and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the centre is reviewing the plan and will implement it soon. The current licensing system has a loophole which allows a person to own multiple licences under a single name, popular with those trying the break the law.

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While speaking at the Digital Haryana Summit 2017, Prasad said, "Aadhaar is a digital identity, not a physical identity. Digital identity confirms physical identity. We linked PAN card to Aadhaar to stop money laundering."

The central government has already asked all the states to make Aadhaar card mandatory to issue a licence in India. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is in the process of uploading available data across RTOs onto its database.

The data can be accessed by an RTO official anytime to verify if a licence applicant has already been issued a licence in any part of the country.

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One primary reason for lawbreakers to own several licences under one name is so that when they get caught, they can use another licence under the same name. Police are aware of such instances but were left helpless because of the loophole in the system. 

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Story first published: Friday, September 15, 2017, 16:40 [IST]
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