Aadhaar card enrolment at Maharashtra, Goa post offices from 2018

Almost 4,000 staffers of the postal department are being trained to issue Aadhaar cards to the residents of the circle.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: November 16, 2017 2:45 pm
Aadhaar enrolment at post offices Maharashtra and Goa residents will be able to enrol for Aadhaar cards at over 1,200 post offices from next year (File Photo)

The residents of Maharashtra and Goa would be able to enrol for Aadhaar cards at over 1,200 post offices in the two states from next year, a senior official said on Thursday.

“Those who have not got Aadhaar cards, can now get their unique identity numbers, besides getting (their already issued Aadhaar cards) corrected or updated at our 1,293 post offices, out of the total 2,216, from the beginning of the new year,” Maharashtra and Goa circle’s Chief Post Master General H C Agrawal told PTI.

The Department of Post had in June this year started an updation facility for Aadhaar at its 120 post offices across the Maharashtra and Goa circle.

“After starting the updation facility at our post offices in June, we are in the process of e-procurement through which necessary devices and equipment are being purchased and simultaneously our staff members are being trained (for issuing Aadhaar cards),” Agrawal said.

Almost 4,000 staffers of the postal department are being trained to issue Aadhaar cards to the residents of the circle, he said.

The staffers would issue the Aadhaar cards in addition to discharging their postal duties, Agrawal said.

The Maharashtra and Goa circle of the India Post has five regions, namely Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Pune and Goa.

Since the Aadhaar card is mandatory for availing various government services, its generation at post offices, whose reach is undebatable, will definitely help the common man, Agrawal said.

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  1. R
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    Nov 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help the person concerned. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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    1. R
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      Nov 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      1. R
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        Nov 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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        1. R
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          Nov 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm
          A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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