Aadhar Cards sent by ordinary post

Aadhar numbers are being issued by the Government of India as a once in a life time identification number for a resident of the country. Many consider this as a “Sensitive personal Information” which is going to be linked with the Bank accounts, and several other vital activities of an individual.

If the Aaadhar number falls into wrong hands, it has the potential to be misused.

UIDAI is maintaining that “Aaadhar” is only a “Number” and the document they send is not a “Card”. It is a number which can be quoted to a service provider such as the Bank and the Bank can use it for identifying the individual not because of his posession of the Aadhar card, but with the use of his biometric. This means that every time aadhar ID is to be used, the individual has to provide his biometric (such as the finger print) and the user has to make a query to the UIDAI data base to confirm “Is this the ID of MR…? Yes or No”. The data base is expected to reply either Yes or No.

However in practice and more so since the verification mechanism is unlikely to be available for some time now, the Aadhar paper (let us call it a Card though UIDAI would maintain that it is not a “Card”) will be used by the public as a Photo ID. It is likely to be used for all and sundry applications including railway ticket booking, bank accounts, etc.

Under these circumstances, I was shocked and surprised that I was delivered my cards today by the postal department through ordinary mail. The covers carried a stamp of only Rs 5 and had not even been gummed. They were left by the postman in the letter box on my compound. Though UIDAI had taken my mobile number, they did not alert me that the cards are being delivered.

If this mode of delivery is being used as a routine, the possibilities of the cards being lost and misused on a large scale is a certainty.

Government of India owes an explanation to this callous way of handling the delivery of the aadhar card. If the Card is lost in transit, will Aadhar issue duplicate cards? If not should people manage without a “Card”? with some unknown person having the card in his possession and using it as an ID?


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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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2 Responses to Aadhar Cards sent by ordinary post

  1. Pissed Citizen says:

    I fully agree with the writer. The GOI does not care for citizens. If Aadhaar is supposed to be such an important thing why are they not sending by registered post like passport in a tamper proof cover.

    The paper cover is so thin that it can be easily torn. When someone I know got their card, the cover was torn exactly where the number was. Most ridiculous attitude of Aadhaar agency.

    Again, citizen be damned… right!

    • Hardik Khant says:

      Ya I faced same problem after taken two months time indian post deliver my Aadhaar card and postman dropped in latter box. I found it in total torn condition.someone damaged​ my envelope it was in no of pieces.

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