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To curb duplicate driving licence, govt to link it with Aadhaar

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had earlier asked the states to accept the Driving Licence in Electronic Form

Driving Licence Aadhar Link

Phagwara: To curb duplicate licence, the government will soon bring in a law to make it linked with Aadhaar, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Sunday.

“We will soon bring a law making mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving licence”, Prasad said while addressing the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University.

“At present, what happens is that the guilty person who causes an accident flees the scene and gets a duplicate licence. This helps him go scot-free.

“You can change your name but you cannot change your biometrics, neither iris nor fingerprints. So, if a licence is linked with Aadhaar, the system will say this person already has a driving licence and should not be given a new one,” said Prasad, explaining the need for the linkage.

Eulogising about the Centre’s ‘Digital India’ programme, the minister claimed that it had bridged the urban-rural divide.

“This is digital profile of India — 123 crore Aadhaar cards,121 crore mobile phones, 44.6 crore smart phones, 56 crore internet users, there has been 51 per cent growth in e-commerce. There is 130 crore population in India”, Prasad said.

In August 2018, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had asked the states to accept the Driving Licence, Registration Certificate (RC) or other documents in ‘electronic form‘ presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platforms. The ministry also said that impounding of documents will be reflected electronically through ‘eChallan’ system. [With PTI inputs]

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