Say no to plastic smart cards! UIDAI advises to go digital and use mAadhaar
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 06-Feb-2018

New Delhi, February 6: In the pretext of using Aadhaar card, the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has issued an advisory that the plastic and PVC Aadhaar smart cards will not be used as a QR code commonly because it will become dysfunctional during such unauthorized printing at some vendor or shop. In addition to this, there are possibilities that the details of this Aadhaar details can be leaked.


UIDAI has restated that Aadhaar cutaway portion or downloaded version of the Aadhaar ordinary paper or mAdhaar are completely valid. Making of Aadhaar smart cards will make people fall to the ploys of dishonest activities by the person issuing it.

Thus to avoid such mishappening, the authorities have asked people to keep away from such elements, shops and vendors. Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, "So-called Aadhaar Smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses."

In case of a possibility that a person has lost his Aadhaar card, he or she can download the Aadhaar card for free of cost from the given site . The person will be given print out and even if it is in black and white form, it is considered as valid. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic or PVC card or get it laminated.

Therefore the officials have advised people to be watchful for the protection of their privacy and recommended not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details. Earlier the officials had also cautioned unauthorized Agencies not to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner amounts to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and Aadhaar Act, 2016.