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Aadhaar Watch: Stolen Aadhaar details, voter ID, enrollment centre norms and more

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:

BBMP ignoring complaints about stolen Aadhaar details

In May this year, in the Malleswaram neighbourhood of Bangalore, residents had complained that a man claiming to be a BBMP official collected Aadhaar card details from several households in the neighbourhood, saying that he was collecting the details to link Aadhaar with voter ID. Following this, two separate complaints had been filed, one with BBMP and the other with the Malleswaram police station, but two months have passed and there has been no progress in this case. Read more about this story on ETtech.

EC waiting for Supreme Court’s go ahead to resume linking of Aadhaar with voter ID

The Election Commission is hopeful that following the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing existing Aadhaar cards to be linked with PAN, it will now give the go ahead for the resumption of linking Aadhaar with Electors’ Photo Identity Card (EPIC) or voter ID. The EC had initially issued guidelines for linking Aadhaar with voter ID, as part of the National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP), back in February 2015, but the SC had stayed this in its August 2015 ruling. More on this on India Today.

All Aadhaar enrollment centres must be relocated to govt premises by August-end

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has directed states to ensure that all Aadhaar enrollment agencies – including private agencies – are moved to government or municipal premises by August 31, 2017. UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has asked states to identity appropriate government centres for this purpose by July 31. More on this on Scroll.in.

Chennai residents can update Aadhaar details at 10 post offices across the city

The Department of Posts has tied-up with UIDAI to allow residents of Chennai to update their Aadhaar details at 10 post offices across the city from July 3. These post offices are: the city General Post Office in George Town, the head post office on Anna Road, head offices in T Nagar, Mylapore, St Thomas Mount, Park Town and sub-post offices in Anna Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Triplicane and Teynampet. Apparently, this service will eventually be extended to 2,515 post offices across the state, but a specific date wasn’t mentioned. Read up more about this story on The Hindu.

Aadhaar enrollment agencies found flouting norms will be fined Rs 50,000

UIDAI has confirmed that any Aadhaar enrollment agency found be flouting norms will be fined Rs 10,000 for the first offence and Rs 50,000 for a repeat offence. Apparently, the enrollment agencies will also have to renew their registration with UIDAI after every 10 days to continue to be eligible for providing enrollment services. Currently, there are about 25,000 enrollement agencies active across the country. Read more in this PTI report.

Newly appointed IAS officers will study Aadhaar, BHIM and GST

Apparently, 175 recently recruited IAS officers have been posted in various central government departments for about a three-month period, with the objective of exposing them to the UIDAI’s Aadhaar programme, the NPCI’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) based BHIM app, and the recently gone live Goods and Services Tax (GST). The government believes this will groom them into better bureaucrats, but it sounds more like an orientation programme. Read more on The Times of India.

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