The government will soon start linking driving licences with Aadhaar cards, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. “It would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing,” he said while inaugurating the Haryana Digital Summit-2017.
“I have already had a word with Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, and the process to link the two would be set in motion soon,” he added.
He reiterated that the data around Aadhaar is secure. The biometric information that includes iris scan and fingerprints is stored in an encrypted form and is secure, he said. “If you look at the physical card, it has my photo, says I am a male and has my permanent Patna address on the back. It does not have details like names of my parents, caste, religion, educational qualification, financial income, etc. None of the things by which you can be profiled is mentioned on the Aadhaar card,” he said.
Aadhaar is a digital identity which confirms the physical identity with the help of biometrics, and there are laws to check unauthorised usage of Aadhaar, he said.