UIDAI: No plans to make Aadhaar mandatory for air tickets

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Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs has dictated that it has no plans to make Aadhaar number necessary for booking air tickets. This was conveyed to a group of MPs by officials led by Union home secretary, Rajiv Gauba on Thursday.

At the meeting of the standing committee, headed by P Chidambaram, the top officials said no decision has been taken by the government in this regard. The parliamentarians were assured by the officials that Aadhaar data was safe and there was no chance of it falling in wrong hands as the main server was placed in a foolproof system.

The members of the panel have asked the queries and were answered by the representatives of the home ministry and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the nodal authority for Aadhaar in the country. Apart from Aadhaat, they also discussed various national security issues.

The MPs asked why the government was linking Aadhaar number with banks, mobile connections, and welfare schemes. They replied the decision had been taken by the political executive and they were not in a position to answer it.

The entire data of Aadhaar is collected by private entities while its software is handled by the UIDAI and there was no chance of the Aadhaar data falling into wrong hands. An official stated that the final decision on the privacy issues related to Aadhaar would be taken only after a verdict of the Supreme Court.