Now Aadhaar card to serve as age proof

'Aadhaar' cards will henceforth bear date of birth of the holder, facilitating people to avail benefits of several government and non-governmental schemes which require age validation.

hidden April 09, 2013 12:26:44 IST
Now Aadhaar card to serve as age proof

Nagpur: 'Aadhaar' cards will henceforth bear date of birth of the holder, facilitating people to avail benefits of several government and non-governmental schemes which require age validation.

Till now, only year of birth was mentioned in the card, but now, it has been agreed in-principle to insert the date of birth, said city-based RTI activist Avinash Prabhune, who pursued the matter with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its chief Nandan Nilekani.

Now Aadhaar card to serve as age proof

Women queue up for Aadhaar cards. Reuters.

Prabhune, who first drew attention of UIDAI in November 2012, received a communication from Assistant Director General of Planning Commission, Shirish Kumar on April 3 stating that henceforth, date of birth will be included in 'Aadhaar' cards.

The activist contended that UID authorities had said 'Aadhaar' number will give people access to banking, mobile phone connections and other government and non-government services, in due course.

All assurances gave an impression that by using 'Aadhaar' (Unique Identity Card), one will not be required to carry any other identity card for availing service benefits from various service providers. Also, limitations of other cards issued earlier will be eliminated by the UID.

However, 'Aadhaar' cards were issued without date of birth, although documentary evidence in this regard was submitted at the time of enrolment, making it difficult for individuals to claim benefits where age proof is required to be submitted or established during physical transactions.

After integration with all systems, it may be possible that the data of UID and other service providers will be  shared electronically but till that time, UID will not be useful for all such transactions, he contended.

PTI

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