The Aadhaar initiative has always been in controversies. Whether it is lack of a legal framework to support Aadhaar or UIDAI or litigations against Aadhaar or civil liberty implications of Aadhaar project, Aadhaar project has always remained in controversies.
Not only this, fake Aadhaar numbers are openly and easily available in India that make the entire concept and utility of Aadhaar number futile. Recently the Home Ministry has pointed out the flaw in the process adopted by UIDAI where people have got UID numbers on the basis of false affidavits.
What is surprising that our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has failed to take notice of these unconstitutional and illegal irregularities in the functioning of Aadhar project and UIDAI.
Even those who have opted to go for Aadhaar numbers are not happy with the way their Aadhaar numbers are handled by UIDAI. Many Aadhaar letters are occasionally lost in transit. Now UIDAI has decided to validate “E-Aadhaar” as a secured electronic document to be treated on a par with the printed Aadhaar letter.
As the cyber law of India i.e. Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act 2000) provides for legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures, UIDAI has decided to do this experiment. UIDAI believes that E-Aadhaar can be treated as a valid document in view of the fact that it has been digitally certified as per the IT Act 2000 norms.