The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has granted the union territory’s Industries Department permission to utilise Aadhaar services for certain of the online services provided by the Delhi government. Moreover, The Election Commission has made it clear that linking Aadhaar with voter identification on Form 6B is entirely optional. Any of the remaining seven options may be submitted by voters.
Use Aadhaar to avail 8 online services by Delhi Govt
The industries department of the Delhi government has now been given permission by UIDAI to use Aadhaar information for eight online services.
Following UIDAI approval, eight online services—including conversion to freehold, payment of dues, and refund requests—can be accessed using Aadhaar services. Users of Aadhaar who choose to use their Aadhar number for these services will be prompted to provide their permission before the information is used.
In terms of privacy and security users will first be prompted for their consent before using their Aadhaar information. In addition to this, they will also receive a full explanation of the procedure and how the government would use their Aadhaar data. Furthermore, the government has guaranteed that it won’t store or display the Aadhaar number ensuring perfect security for every user’s Aadhaar information.
The government’s notification also confirmed that consumers would not be denied access to services or benefits if the Aadhaar-based authentication failed.
Linking Aadhaar to Voter ID voluntary, says Election Commission of India
According to Election Commission linking Aadhaar to Voter ID is not mandatory and will be voluntary. So now submission of Aadhaar in Form-6B will be optional. The govt organisation has clarified that no entry on the electoral roll may be removed due to Aadhaar not being submitted.
Referring to the letter sent on July 4 to all chief election officers of all states Election Commission stated that the collection of Aadhaar from voters should be done voluntarily in order to link and authenticate electoral roll data. The letter further stated that if the voter does not have an Aadhaar number and is unable to provide one, he or she will be required to present a copy of one of the eleven alternative papers listed in Form 6B.
According to EC, The updated registration forms to get Aadhaar information from voters have made it possible to link an Aadhaar number with electoral roll data. Additionally, a new Form 6B has been developed to collect the Aadhaar numbers of current voters.
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