An overview of recent news related to Aadhaar, which points towards the increase in government schemes being linked to the scheme, and issues faced by citizens:

Aadhaar updation facility at Mumbai GPO

The Department of Post has started an Aadhaar updation facility at the General Post Office (GPO) in Mumbai. The Department of Post was already a registrar under UIDAI, and now the Maharashtra circle has been made an enrollment agency. It can offer Aadhaar enrollment and updation services. The post office staff is currently trained and certified by UIDAI. More on this at The New Indian Express.

Centre directs all Ministries and govt departments to not share RTI applicants’ Aadhaar details

The central government directed all ministries and government departments to ensure that Aadhaar numbers are not asked while processing Right to Information (RTI) applications and that these should be kept hidden from public view and not shared online. The memorandum said that “the personal information details like Aadhar number should not be asked for while handling RTI applications.” It also mentions that “the Aadhar no. or such other personal information is hidden from public view while uploading the RT/ applications/ Appeals/ Replies to the RT/ applications on websites, if Aadhar no. is mentioned therein.” Read more about this on Bar&Bench.

Hyderabad police want Aadhaar details of every person they arrest

Irrespective of the nature of the criminal case, if Hyderabad police arrest you keep your Aadhaar card handy. The logic is that this will ensure that in the future simply typing the Aadhaar number of the arrested individual will display their criminal history and eliminate aliases from the system. The saying ‘you’re innocent until proven guilty’ is lost on them. More on Deccan Chronicle.

Aadhaar, PAN must for teacher transfers in UP

The Basic Shiksha Parishad in Uttar Pradesh has made it mandatory for teachers to furnish Aadhaar and PAN cards for online inter-district transfer, which deals with the issue of excess teachers in certain schools and shortages in others. Read more about this at The Times of India.

Aadhaar compulsory to get ambulance service in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing the state’s free ambulance service. So, either the patient or a relative/friend will have to be ready with their Aadhaar card when the ambulance arrives. Apparently, this will reduce fraudulent usage of the ambulances. More on The Economic Times.

Land and property records in Bangalore to be linked to Aadhaar from July

The department of Survey Settlement and Land Records (SSLR), which is part of the Urban Property Ownership Records (UPOR) project of the survey department, will begin linking Aadhaar numbers to land and property records in Bangalore, starting July. One ward of the BBMP has been selected as the starting point, but it’s not clear which one. Read more on this on The Economic Times.

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