Aadhaar is here. Aadhaar is everywhere. Days after government made the Aadhaar number mandatory for filing tax returns ordered re-verification of mobile numbers using Aadhaar data, a report now suggests that soon it may become mandatory to board domestic flights. If implemented, the new mechanism will require Indian travellers to authenticate their ID using the Aadhaar biometric authentication before boarding a plane.Read more ↓
The report in the Times of India notes that to explore the feasibility of such a system, the government has already roped in Wipro after a meeting on this matter. The meeting was attended by aviation minister Jayant Sinha and aviation secretary R N Choubey.
Airports Authority of India chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra reportedly said that a concept note on using Aadhaar to identify flyers has to be prepared. “It was felt a joint system be developed that can be replicated by all airports. Wipro has been asked to develop a concept note in this regard after consulting all stakeholders, including the JV airport operators. We are seeing what all airport processes can be made e-enabled,” he said.
Mohapatra noted that this will make the airport screening and security checks hassle-free and seamless.
The process once implemented will ensure that the airport authorities will only accept Aadhaar as the verification ID for the domestic passengers. These passengers will then be authenticated using a fingerprint scanner and their details will be checked against the central database before they are allowed to board the plane.
Although the government maintains that Aadhaar is not mandatory for any essential service in the country, in a bid to comply with a Supreme Court order from 2015, in the recent months Aadhar has been mandatory for a number of services. Recently, the government asked PAN card holders to link their cards with the Aadhaar number and made it mandatory for filing tax returns. At the same time, Department of Telecom has asked the telecom companies to re-verify all the existing pre-paid and post-paid number using Aadhaar data. Any phone number not verified before February 2018 will be discontinued. The same applies for PAN cards not linked to Aadhaar cards by July this year.
In a separate note, the UGS, which regulates universities and many colleges in India, has said that Aadhaar should be made mandatory for students before they get degrees.
Source by indiatoday…