Govt will soon make Aadhaar-driving licence linking mandatory: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (PTI)

The government will make it mandatory to link Aadhaar Cards with all the Driving Licenses, as announced by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

During his presidential address on the 106th Indian Science Congress that was held in the LPU Phagwara (Lovely Professional University), the minister said: “We are soon going to bring a law which will make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving license.”

He also added why they needed to link Aadhaar cards: “At presently, what happens is that the guilty person who causes an accident flees the scene and gets a duplicate license. 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 license, the system will say this person already has a  driving license and should not be given a new one,”

The minister said that this is the bridge that will eliminate the gap between the urban and the rural.

Minister Prasad said this through a power point presentation: “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 percent growth in e-commerce. There is 130 crore population in India.”

The minister also added that in the year 2017-2018, the manifold of digital transaction increased to 2070 crores.

During the address, notable politicians like Punjab BJP President Shwait Malik and Phagwara MLA Som Parkash and LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal were also present.

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