Emphasising that Aadhaar is completely “safe, secure and robust”, the government on Monday slammed the opposition for allegedly trying to paint it as a “tragedy” to the country.

Replying to a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Aadhaar – its implementation and implications, Minister for Information Technology and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad sought to allay the opposition’s fears that biometric and demographic data collected for Aadhaar could be leaked and misused.

“I want to dispel all misconceptions (about Aadhaar). Aadhar is robust, safe, secure and totally accountable,” Prasad said.

He also said that “the world is appreciating it and something which is giving result needs to be respected”.

The government on Monday launched a dedicated website allowing the public the access to download 3,000 maps prepared by the Survey General of India (SGI) but made Aadhaar mandatory for the purpose.

Using Aadhaar number, a person can download three maps every day from the portal (http://soinakshe.uk.gov.in/) launched on Monday.

The UIDAI had recently blacklisted around 1,000 operators while FIRs ha been filed against 20 individuals in the last three months for malpractices such as charging for Aadhaar enrolment.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) also slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 each on these erring operators besides removing them from its system.

“We have received certain complaints…we have a zero tolerance policy on overcharging. We have identified about 1,000 such operators since December 2016…in the last three months, these operators have been removed from our system and we are also imposing a penalty of Rs 10,000 each on them,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.

With inputs from IANS

Publish date: April 11, 2017 8:51 am| Modified date: April 11, 2017 8:51 am

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