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Government admits to some of the banking frauds through Aadhaar linkage

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We missed this earlier To a starred question (158 - text provided below) regarding "Fraud in linkage of Aadhaar with bank accounts and SIM cards" by Sh. Husain Dalwai in the Rajya Sabha, the Finance minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley, has replied on January 2, 2018, that the Department has received 20 complaints of bank frauds involving Rs.7.65 lakhs connected with linking Aadhaar with bank accounts since 2015. To another unstarred question (405 - text provided below), by Sh. Rupin Bora in the Rajya Sabha, regarding "Bank frauds using Aadhaar number", The Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Sh. Shiv Pratap Shukla has replied on February 6, 2018, "As per data reported by Public Sector Banks (PSBs) there have been incidents of money being fraudulently withdrawn from bank accounts using the customers’ Aadhaar number in a few banks." The details provided in the annex total to 141.7 lakh rupees been fraudulently withdrawn. To a question (4181) on "Bank frauds using Aadhaar number" In the Lok Sabha, by Sh. Sanjay Haribhau Jadhav, the response by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Sh. Santosh Kumar Gangwar mentioned only two banks - the Andhra Bank with 4 complaints and Rs. 4,20,098 and the Syndicate Bank With 1 complaint and Rs. 1,21,500 defrauded. It is unclear what the difference in the questions is to get such drastically different numbers in response. Neither of the questions includes the non-consensual linking of Aadhaar with Airtel Payments Bank, which led to the fraudulent rerouting of subsidies. Also,…

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