Government say To Lawmakers-Aadhaar Card is Not Mandatory For Air Travel

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The government today told a group of Members of Parliament (MPs) that it has no plans to make Aadhaar number mandatory for booking air tickets.

At a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, top officials said no decision has been taken by the government in this regard, an MP who attended the meeting told PTI.

The parliamentarians were assured by the officials, led by Union home secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba, that Aadhaar data is safe and there is no chance of it falling in wrong hands as the main server is placed in a foolproof system.

The queries by members of the panel were answered by the representatives of the home ministry and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the nodal authority for Aadhaar in the country.

Apart from Aadhaar, the panel also discussed various national security issues, officials said.

When the MPs asked why the government was linking Aadhaar number with banks, mobile connections, welfare schemes, they said that the decision had been taken by the political executive and they were not in a position to answer it.

Asked how citizen's privacy would be protected when the Aadhaar data is collected by private entities, the officials said the entire software is handled by the UIDAI and there was no chance of falling the Aadhaar data in wrong hands, another MP said.

The officials told the lawmakers that a final decision on the privacy issues related to Aadhaar would be taken only after a verdict of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a case related to privacy.

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