Click Google and there are some sites offering to get Aadhaar card printed on PVC cards by paying anything in between Rs 50-200, plus packaging, managing and shipping charges, sales tax, payment gateway charges and so on. On the other side, the poorer areas, without any access to innovation, are at the mercy of internet coffee shops, a few of which charge Rs 50-90 for black & white or color prints.
Remembering of this trend, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday cautioned people not to fall to prey to deceitful entities and recommended them not to share their Aadhaar number or personal information to unauthorized companies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card to safeguard their personal privacy.
The authority noted that some entities were charging anywhere in between Rs 50 to Rs 200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card, and even for simply laminating the downloaded version of Aadhaar.
The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on common paper is completely valid for all uses. If an individual has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no have to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or get a plastic Aadhaar card or so-called SMART Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as wise Aadhaar card, Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, said in a main release.
The UIDAI stated in case of loss of Aadhaar card, an individual can download it free of expense from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/.
The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar, even in black and white type, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent out by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic card or get it laminated, it added.
In case one still wishes to get his Aadhaar card laminated or printed on plastic card, it can be done just at authorized Common Service Centres or Aadhaar Permanent Enrolment Centre’s by paying no greater than the prescribed rate, which is not more than Rs 30, it said.
E-commerce companies, such E-bay, Flipkart, Amazon, have likewise been asked to not permit their merchants to gather Aadhaar information from the public for printing Aadhaar card, as picking up such information or unauthorised printing of Aadhaar card or helping such persons in any way might total up to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code as well as Chapter VI of The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.
Just a week earlier, the UIDAI had actually announced that it had actually produced one billion Aadhaar numbers so far, attaining 93 per cent protection of the whole population.