Aadhaar-Driving Licence Linking To Be Mandatory Soon, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
An Aadhaar biometric identity card, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, is arranged for a photograph in Mumbai (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Aadhaar-Driving Licence Linking To Be Mandatory Soon, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said the government will soon make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with driving licences.

"We are soon going to bring a law which will make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving licence," said Ravi Shankar Prasad, the minister for law, electronics and information technology at the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University.

"At present, what happens is that the guilty person who causes an accident flees the scene and gets a duplicate licence. This helps him go scot-free. However, with the Aadhaar linkage you can change your name but you cannot change your biometrics, neither iris nor fingerprints. So the moment you go in for a duplicate licence, the system will say this person already has a driving licence and should not be given a new one," said Prasad, explaining the need for the linkage.

Eulogising about the Centre's “Digital India” programme, the minister claimed that it had bridged the urban-rural divide.

Through a power presentation, Prasad said, "This is digital profile of India—123 crore Aadhaar cards, 121 crore mobile phones, 44.6 crore smartphones, 56 crore internet users, there has been 51 per cent growth in e-commerce. There is 130 crore population in India."

He also said digital payment transactions in the country have increased manifold to over Rs 2,070 crore in 2017-18.

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