The state school education department has asked schools in Maharashtra to maintain confidentiality of its students’ Aadhaar cards, after a parent complained about violation of privacy.
All schools have to ensure that students have an Aadhaar card and register their unique identification number. They need submit the details to the department.
A circular issued by Govind Nandade, director of primary education, reads, “All divisional education officers should ask schools to take all precautions to ensure the details are not misused.”
A parent from Thane submitted a complaint on the state’s Aaple Sarkar portal following which the education department issued the instructions. “As you are aware, the Aadhaar card is a confidential document... We are not asking for any subsidies for our ward. There are already several reports of illegal copies floating around and the information may be misused if confidentiality is not maintained... We don’t mind providing the details but we must be assured of confidentiality at every stage,” said the complaint.