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The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for subscribers of the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY).(Chetan Chauhan/HT Photo)

Aadhaar is now compulsory for this pension scheme for senior citizens

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2019 05:42 PM IST
The scheme, which envisages an assured rate of return of 8 per cent annually, is being implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). The scheme was announced in Union Budgets of 2017-18 and 2018-19.
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Cooking gas cylinders remain unaffordable for the poor despite a big push by the government to provide free liquefied natural gas (LGP) connections to disadvantaged households.(REUTERS)
Cooking gas cylinders remain unaffordable for the poor despite a big push by the government to provide free liquefied natural gas (LGP) connections to disadvantaged households.(REUTERS)

LPG cylinders still unaffordable for poor: CAG

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 07:05 AM IST
The PMUY, popularly known as Ujjwala, is aimed at eliminating health hazards poor women face from indoor pollution by increasing their access to clean, smoke-free cooking fuel.
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The government has amended rules which allows people to use their Aadhaar number for know-your-customer (KYC) requirement even if their current address does not match with the address mentioned in their Aadhaar card.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The government has amended rules which allows people to use their Aadhaar number for know-your-customer (KYC) requirement even if their current address does not match with the address mentioned in their Aadhaar card.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Aadhaar norms regarding change of address relaxed, migrants to benefit

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 10:23 PM IST
Such persons can use Aadhaar number for identity proof and can give their current address, other than mentioned in their Aadhaar, for a valid KYC, a finance ministry official said soon after a notification to that effect was issued on Wednesday.
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The loans were given to the farmers by the lenders out of their allotted periphery and, thus, were declared as illegal lending.(HT Photo)
The loans were given to the farmers by the lenders out of their allotted periphery and, thus, were declared as illegal lending.(HT Photo)

13 farm schemes, loan waiver, SMART project get state nod

By HT Correspondent | Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 11:37 PM IST
The cabinet gave its nod to waive off 66.56 crore worth of loans taken by 46,735 farmers from 1,393 private money lenders.
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A whopping 1.28 crore kids enrolled in 1.58 lakh government-run primary and upper primary schools besides students of up to class 8 of government-aided and recognised schools in Uttar Pradesh have been issued Aadhaar cards, said an official.(Bachchan Kumar/HT file)
A whopping 1.28 crore kids enrolled in 1.58 lakh government-run primary and upper primary schools besides students of up to class 8 of government-aided and recognised schools in Uttar Pradesh have been issued Aadhaar cards, said an official.(Bachchan Kumar/HT file)

1.28 crore school kids in UP issued Aadhaar cards

By K Sandeep Kumar | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON SEP 02, 2019 01:33 PM IST
A whopping 1.28 crore kids enrolled in 1.58 lakh government-run primary and upper primary schools besides students of up to class 8 of government-aided and recognised schools in Uttar Pradesh have been issued Aadhaar cards, said an official.
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Facebook Inc has moved the Supreme Court asking it to hear cases pending in three High Courts to link social media accounts with the 12-digit Aadhaar number.(Reuters Photo)
Facebook Inc has moved the Supreme Court asking it to hear cases pending in three High Courts to link social media accounts with the 12-digit Aadhaar number.(Reuters Photo)

Aadhaar linking: Facebook asks SC to club HC cases

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 12:58 AM IST
Facebook’s petition says cases have been filed in the High Courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh and relief sought in all are similar.
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Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)
Since the state has fewer beneficiaries, the stock released by the Centre is not fully utilised.(HT Photo)

8% grain stock unused after linking ration card with Aadhaar in Maharashtra

By Surendra P Gangan | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 04:34 AM IST
Release of food grains after verification through e-point of selling machines (e-POS) has also helped prevent wrongful sales.
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In order to track high-value transactions, the budget also made quoting and authenticating PAN/Aadhaar mandatory for some transactions, the list of which can be expanded by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)(AFP)
In order to track high-value transactions, the budget also made quoting and authenticating PAN/Aadhaar mandatory for some transactions, the list of which can be expanded by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)(AFP)

Aadhaar new tax tool to keep tabs on big purchases

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 04:48 AM IST
Some 220 million PANs have been issued by the tax department so far -- less than a fifth of the 1.23 billion Aadhaar numbers that have been provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
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Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her fiscal 2019-20 budget speech that more than 1.2 billion Indians now possess the Aadhaar unique ID number. In comparison, only 220 million have PAN.(PTI)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her fiscal 2019-20 budget speech that more than 1.2 billion Indians now possess the Aadhaar unique ID number. In comparison, only 220 million have PAN.(PTI)

Government to impose penalty for misquoting Aadhaar

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 07:46 AM IST
The penal provision is expected to be applicable from September 1, 2019 after amendments are made to the relevant laws and the subsequent issuance of a notification, two government officials aware of the development said.
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Aadhaar is an ideal identification tool given that 123 crore of the unique ID numbers have been generated so far in the country of 130 crore.(HT Photo)
Aadhaar is an ideal identification tool given that 123 crore of the unique ID numbers have been generated so far in the country of 130 crore.(HT Photo)

Aadhaar may replace PAN but is an ‘alternative for now’

By Rajeev Jayaswal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 10:02 AM IST
Sitharaman spoke about the interchangeability of PAN and Aadhaar in her budget speech. “Mr Speaker, Sir, more than 120 crore Indians now have Aadhaar.
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A woman getting her fingerprints read during the registration process for Aadhaar cards in Amritsar.(AFP File Photo)
A woman getting her fingerprints read during the registration process for Aadhaar cards in Amritsar.(AFP File Photo)

Govt extends deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till Sep 30

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2019 08:55 PM IST
In June last year, the government had said that PAN has to be linked with the biometric ID by March 31.
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The proposed ordinance allowing private companies to use customers’ Aadhaar identities to meet know-your-customer (KYC) rules has attracted criticism from experts and activists.(AFP)
The proposed ordinance allowing private companies to use customers’ Aadhaar identities to meet know-your-customer (KYC) rules has attracted criticism from experts and activists.(AFP)

Proposed Aadhaar law divides experts, again

By Rajeev Jayaswal & Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2019 07:19 AM IST
The proposed ordinance allowing private companies to use customers’ Aadhaar identities to meet know-your-customer (KYC) rules has attracted criticism from experts and activists.
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The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will enable the Unique Identification Authority of India to have a more robust mechanism to “serve the public interest” and “restrain the misuse of Aadhaar”.(AFP)
The Union cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an ordinance that will enable the Unique Identification Authority of India to have a more robust mechanism to “serve the public interest” and “restrain the misuse of Aadhaar”.(AFP)

Ordinance to let people use Aadhaar as ID for mobiles, bank a/c cleared

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 12:18 AM IST
The ordinance will make amendments to the Aadhaar Act, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Indian Telegraph Act as proposed in the bill passed by the Lok Sabha on January 4, 2019, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the Delhi high court on Tuesday that it was not legally and technologically feasible to use Aadhaar biometrics for forensic purposes like identification of dead persons.(AFP)
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the Delhi high court on Tuesday that it was not legally and technologically feasible to use Aadhaar biometrics for forensic purposes like identification of dead persons.(AFP)

Using Aadhaar biometrics to identify bodies not feasible, UIDAI tells HC

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 07:49 AM IST
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) told the Delhi high court on Tuesday that it was not legally and technologically feasible to use Aadhaar biometrics for forensic purposes like identification of dead persons.
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A resident in New Delhi going through the registration process for Aadhaar card at a registration station in Central Delhi.(Getty Images)
A resident in New Delhi going through the registration process for Aadhaar card at a registration station in Central Delhi.(Getty Images)

Offline verification modes of Aadhaar now available: UIDAI

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2018 10:56 PM IST
Offline Aadhaar ID verification now available: UIDAI
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A general view of Election Commission in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
A general view of Election Commission in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Election Commission likely to resume voluntary linkage of Aadhaar with voter IDs

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 11:28 PM IST
The poll panel is currently studying the Supreme Court’s order on Wednesday that ruled Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of income tax returns (ITR) and allotment of Permanent Account Number.
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A man goes through the process of eye scanning for the Unique Identification database system, also known as Aadhaar, at a registration centre in New Delhi(REUTERS FILE)
A man goes through the process of eye scanning for the Unique Identification database system, also known as Aadhaar, at a registration centre in New Delhi(REUTERS FILE)

Supreme Court’s Aadhaar verdict: validating the invalids

PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2018 07:35 PM IST
The court didn’t dwell too much on issues related to security, data protection, privacy and exclusions — except in the dissenting judgement by Justice DY Chandrachud
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Disagreements over Aadhaar data security and its implications for privacy continue. Whether Aadhaar is fully secure or fundamentally flawed depends on where one stands.(HT File Photo)
Disagreements over Aadhaar data security and its implications for privacy continue. Whether Aadhaar is fully secure or fundamentally flawed depends on where one stands.(HT File Photo)

From data security to use of biometrics: Here’s everything you need to know about the Aadhaar case

By Samarth Bansal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2018 09:37 AM IST
UIDAI says database is fully secure while experts argue this is a very limited view of data security.
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The STF, in its report, has estimated that food grain worth over Rs 20 crore might have been siphoned off by scamsters in the last four months.(Representative i mage/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The STF, in its report, has estimated that food grain worth over Rs 20 crore might have been siphoned off by scamsters in the last four months.(Representative i mage/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

UP: STF recommends arrest of ration dealers, food dept inspectors

By Brajendra K Parashar | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2018 01:03 PM IST
The Special Task Force (STF) has recommended the arrest of all ration dealers whose role in the multi-crore food scam it claims to have established beyond any doubt.
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Visitors check their phones behind the screen advertising facial recognition software during Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) at the National Convention in Beijing, China.(Reuters File Photo)
Visitors check their phones behind the screen advertising facial recognition software during Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) at the National Convention in Beijing, China.(Reuters File Photo)

UIDAI announces phased rollout of face authentication with telcos from September 15

By Nakul Sridhar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 12:09 AM IST
UIDAI has proposed a two-factor authentication for use of face recognition by telcos. Where an individual provides Aadhaar number, the authentication will be done using fingerprint or iris and face.
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Trai chairman R S Sharma.(File Photo)
Trai chairman R S Sharma.(File Photo)

TRAI chief remains defiant, says sharing of Aadhaar number doesn’t increase digital vulnerability

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 03:32 PM IST
TRAI chairman RS Sharma has last week revealed his Aadhaar number on Twitter and challenged everyone to show how mere knowledge of the number can be misused to harm him.
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Nine tweets from UIDAI’s official account warned that revealing “personally sensitive information” or making misuse of such information was against the law.(AFP)
Nine tweets from UIDAI’s official account warned that revealing “personally sensitive information” or making misuse of such information was against the law.(AFP)

Don’t reveal Aadhaar number, says UIDAI after RS Sharma’s Twitter challenge

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 10:34 PM IST
UIDAI, the organisation that maintains Aadhaar database, advised people not to reveal “personally sensitive information”, commenting after TRAI chief RS Sharma put out his 12-digit identity number on Twitter as a security challenge.
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UIDAI said that any information published on Twitter about Trai chief RS Sharma was not fetched from Aadhaar database or UIDAI’s servers.(HT Photo)
UIDAI said that any information published on Twitter about Trai chief RS Sharma was not fetched from Aadhaar database or UIDAI’s servers.(HT Photo)

Trai chief’s personal details not taken from Aadhaar database: UIDAI

By Nakul Sridhar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2018 10:54 PM IST
Twitter users said they had accessed Trai chief RS Sharma’s private details. Hee said they didn’t get them from his Aadhaar number.
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RS Sharma, former UIDAI director general, has been an ardent supporter of the Aadhaar programme, vouching for the safety of the system, and dispelling privacy concerns over Aadhaar even during his current tenure as Trai chief.(File Photo)
RS Sharma, former UIDAI director general, has been an ardent supporter of the Aadhaar programme, vouching for the safety of the system, and dispelling privacy concerns over Aadhaar even during his current tenure as Trai chief.(File Photo)

Trai chief shares Aadhaar number on Twitter, challenges users to show how it can be misused

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2018 11:52 PM IST
The tweet evoked an immediate response on the social media platform, managing to create quite a flutter with one user claiming to have dug up his mobile number using the information given, and some others trolling him for handing out the 12-digit identifier.
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A beneficiary eligible for receiving the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication, read the gazette notification dated July 4.(File photo)
A beneficiary eligible for receiving the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication, read the gazette notification dated July 4.(File photo)

Aadhaar desirable, not must for Rs 5 lakh healthcare scheme, says Centre

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 08:49 PM IST
Ayushman Bharat’s CEO Indu Bhushan said they will use Aadhaar data as a mode of authentication to reduce fraud.
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The new PAN, obtained by this mechanism, will have the same name, date of birth, gender, mobile number and address that is present in the individual’s Aadhaar, said an income tax advisory.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The new PAN, obtained by this mechanism, will have the same name, date of birth, gender, mobile number and address that is present in the individual’s Aadhaar, said an income tax advisory.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Generate ‘instant’ PAN using Aadhaar on I-T dept website, facility available for limited period

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New India
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2018 04:01 PM IST
“This facility is free of cost and instant allotment of e-PAN is available only for a limited period on first-come-first-serve basis for valid Aadhaar holders”, the income tax department said in an advisory.
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The judge directed authorities of medical education in Tamil Nadu to insist on production of Aadhaar cards.(PTI file photo)
The judge directed authorities of medical education in Tamil Nadu to insist on production of Aadhaar cards.(PTI file photo)

Aadhaar needed during counselling for medical seats: Madras HC

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2018 11:33 AM IST
Justice N Kirubakaran was passing interim orders on petitions alleging that students from outside Tamil Nadu were admitted to medical courses without any scrutiny of the genuineness of their nativity.
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The accused created and sold Aadhaar cards for ₹1,200(HT Photo)
The accused created and sold Aadhaar cards for ₹1,200(HT Photo)

Andheri man held for issuing fake Aadhaar cards

By Farhan Shaikh | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 11:34 PM IST
Shaikh used equipment including a biometric scanning device to get the Aadhaar cards made.
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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over data privacy concerns with regards to Aadhaar.(HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments over data privacy concerns with regards to Aadhaar.(HT File Photo)

How will Aadhaar curb money laundering, SC asks Centre

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2018 10:32 PM IST
In its arguments, the Centre claimed linking the Aadhaar number with PAN would prevent income tax evasion, circulation and use of black money, besides eliminating the practice of duplicating PAN numbers for the purpose of tax evasion.
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In January, UIDAI announced plans to introduce ‘Virtual ID’ feature which an Aadhaar-card holder can generate from its website and give for various purposes, including SIM verification.(Reuters/Photo for representation)
In January, UIDAI announced plans to introduce ‘Virtual ID’ feature which an Aadhaar-card holder can generate from its website and give for various purposes, including SIM verification.(Reuters/Photo for representation)

UIDAI unveils Virtual ID in beta form; service providers to use new feature soon

By HT Correspondent | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 06:55 PM IST
New feature to allow Aadhaar holders to quote their Virtual ID (VID) number without actually disclosing the 12-digit Aadhaar number for authentication or verification purposes.
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