Making Aadhaar Mandatory: Benefits and Drawbacks

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Anonymous said:   6 years ago
As we all know, Aadhar is a unique identification ID issued to the Indian people by the government of India. Like other things it too has got some benefits and drawbacks.


-Earlier we had to carry multiple documents to confirm our identity but thanks to Aadhar cards as they have played a phenomenal role in reducing this burden as it contains all our biometrics, retinal scan and other required details.

-As it contains biometric details thus it can't be copied or faked easily for negative purposes.

-Earlier, it was observed that opening a bank account or buying a sim card seemed like a complicated task due to the involvement of long documentation process but now we need only the Aadhar card and the job is done immediately without taking too much time.


-Since past few months it has been observed that the government has made it mandatory to link up your bank account, PAN and others with Aadhar creating a nuanced problem and giving rise to jitters among people that their data might be stolen as all the details are now stored online.

-Aadhar here now plays a role of the key to the door i.e. If someone successfully hacks into your aadhar details he or she might gain full access to your bank details which may be dangerous.

ANJALI MATHE said:   5 years ago
The idea of giving a unique identification number to every India citizen was first given by the former UPA government which was later implemented by the NDA government on the name of Aadhar card. Since Modi came in power he has been making a continuous effort to streamline the financial transactions in India through different government schemes.

By making Aadhar mandatory for most of the government schemes Indian government had saved about USD 9 million in 2016 from getting transferred to ghost citizens, said by Arun Jaitley.

Aadhar database also helped in solving missing and robbery case by using biometric data stored in Aadhar.

As Aadhar is a nationally recognized card and is linked to other identification cards like bank passbook, passport, and PAN card it has eased the document handling.

Aadhar has also made it possible to seal the Benami Properties.

The advantages of Aadhar in the reduction of corruption of USD 9 million as also been praised by World Bank in 2016 and world bank has advised other countries to replicate the same model.

The only concern or failure of Aadhar is the protection of Aahar database. As online hackers are getting smarter day by day it is important for the government agency to protect this database.

Uncovered story by the Journalist of THE TRIBUNE revealed how in just 500 Rs anyone can get the personal information of an individual.

Aadhar card duplicity is also another concern, the same journalist revealed that by an extra amount of 300 Rs can get you a duplicate Aadhar. The report also claimed that the data had been hacked from one of the Rajasthan government sites.

This show insensitivity of government, data leak of MS Dhoni on the tweeter is also another fault from the government.

The case of Bhartiya Airtel is also an eye catcher where users bank account were opened without their concern by using Aadhar database.

In an RTI, UIDAI revealed that there are also most 210 government sites which can easily provide you with Aadhar database.

All these case and many more make Aadhar highly insecure.

However, government actions like canceling of banking license of Bhartiya airtel and penalizing the hackers show government concern for the data leak.

Supreme Court verdict clearly shows that though Aadhar has many advantages, the pontential risk of data leak overweight the advantages this gave the birth of Virtual Identification Number which will help in utilizing Aadhar in a positive way.

Parikshit Malhi said:   5 years ago
Good Morning everyone,

As we all know, Aadhar card has both benefits and its drawbacks.


1. First of all, it is used as an id proof for every citizen of India, through which government can keep all records of a person including their address, family, bank accounts, numbers, etc.

2. In case of any alert while terrorist attacks, any person from outside our nation can be identified.

3. It will help in the population count.

4. It revealed the burden of carrying all the documents.

5. In any case of accidents or crime, the identity of the person can be easily identified.


1. The biggest drawback of mandatory of Aadhar card is that some people are misusing the illiterate or poor people who do not have knowledge about Aadhar card, by using their name and identity and making fake Aadhar cards without their knowledge.

As according to a survey held in New Delhi city, the no of applicants of Aadhar card id is much more in no. Then the total population in the city.

2. In many rural areas, many people are not having their Aadhar cards, but are the citizens of India, so mandatory of Aadhar will create circumstances for those people.

3. Illiterate and poor people do not information on the purpose of Aadhar card.

4. Security of Aadhar cards can be easily breached by hackers and the private information of the people can be leaked and misused.

5. Every people in the nation can be tracked by the Government Of India. Corrupted officials can misuse it to know the whereabouts of anyone.

Abhijit said:   6 years ago

1) Use of Aadhaar reduces the cost of identifying persons and provides increased transparency to the government in implementation of its schemes.

2) Aadhaar Card is used as the major document of proof when opening a bank account under the Pradhan Mantri Jhan Dhan Yojana in the nation. The bank account comes with a great set of benefits like free zero balance saving account, RuPay Card, accident insurance.

3) Aadhar Card linked bank account will get their set of LPG Subsidy directly accredited in the bank account.

4) For opening a bank account multiple documents are required. Now, Aadhaar card has solved this problem.

5) It will impact nearly 1 crore workers under MGNREGA scheme, who use Aadhaar to withdraw their wages every month, and nearly 30, 00, 000 pensioners.

6) Aadhaar Card will relieve you of the lengthy procedure while obtaining Passport. An applicant who uses Aadhaar Card as part of the procedure can get the Passport in just 10 days.

7) Aadhaar number shall also help to eliminate the duplicate cards and fake cards for non-existent beneficiaries in the government schemes.

8) Aadhaar shall be able to reduce the involvement of middlemen who siphon off part of the subsidy.

9) Every Voter ID will be linked to Aadhaar Card in a bid to eliminate the bogus voters.


1) The Supreme court had itself asserted in 2013 that Aadhaar should be voluntary, not mandatory.

2) As Aadhaar Project is being handled by private companies. So, it might lead to data erosion to the foreign body.

3) It demands Indians to link their bank account with the aadhar card, it can lead to some serious problem, if users bank details are leaked or misused in any way.

4) As Aadhaar is managed and operated by Supreme Authority of the country, it can lead to centralization problems as the authority is free to manipulate & create new orthodox rules which might affect Aadhaar card holders and Nation as a whole.

5) The Supreme Court indefinitely extended the March 31, 2018 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts, mobile phones and tatkal passports until a five-judge constitution bench announces its judgement on the validity of the biometric authentication programme.

6) The supreme court has said that the government cannot insist on mandatory Aadhaar linkages " unless it is for the express purpose of subsidies.

7) Aadhaar will still be a must for social schemes and subsidies as under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act.

Aman singh said:   5 years ago
Hello everyone greetings!

I think it is very interesting topic for discussion. But I want to tell you about the benefits of Aadhar.

First things is by making Aadhar mandatory our government are trying to finish the corruption so it is a very good move of the government to connect Aadhar with the things like bank accounts gas connection, pan card voter I'd, so just to finish the danger disease Aadhar linking is a very good option.

The second thing people can use it as one and only one identity which includes all the details of the person. People can access their bank account by using their Aadhar so this is very beneficial to all the people this thing saves their time and many other difficulties. Not only bank accounts you can book your LPG cylinder by using your Aadhar number no need to go to agencies and book your LPG cylinder.

As we Aadhar is the unique identity of any person so it is very pertinent to do it mandatory in all type of work that a common people needs.

And no one can do any Fraud with the system. Mandating Aadhar is helpful in identifying the person this is the exact person. Is this person of my country we can check it just by seeing their Aadhar no need to other documents because if any authority wants to access all the details they can do it very easily just because of Aadhar is linked everywhere.

No one can make the government fool by doing fraud things.

So in my opinion, keeping all these things in mind I can surely say that making Aadhar mandatory is a good move of our Indian government.

Prasanta said:   6 years ago
Hello, everyone, I am Prasanta.

As a coin has 2 opposite side similarly this initiative of making Aadhar card has pros and cons both.

First of all, I want to say Aadhar card makes our life easier. For identity proof, earlier days we need a lot of document but now we can easily do that by Aadhaar. As Aadhaar card is related to fingerprint or retina scan which can never be duplicated so false Aadhar card cannot be made which is the main drawback of other cards. For making bank account or buying sim card Aadhaar is enough. We can get passport within 10 days only. As Aadhaar is related to a bank account, sim card etc just by Aadhar card we can do a lot of things safely like money transaction by mobile, withdraw of cash in bank Etc. Corruption is decreased much like we cannot be disturbed an unknown person intentionally for getting fun as we can get all info using Aadhaar.

But it has also some cons.

If Aadhar card is hacked every personal document can be hacked even bank account also. For a handicapped person, we have to think in a different manner for making Aadhar card safely.

Abhishek said:   4 years ago
Aadhaar card should be made compulsory for every citizen of India. Government organisation should also take care that every citizen should have an Aadhaar card.


* It makes easy to check the identity of person.

* Fake identities can be weeded out.

* The corruption from LPG is ruled out up to a great extent.

* We can get passport within 10 days as verification is made easy by Aadhaar.

* Our sim get activated within 2-3 hours former it took 2-3 days.

* Every bank account whether in same branch or other got connected to same unique identification number.

Which made a transaction between two different bank easy.


* Every person do not have Aadhaar card.

* There is fear among peoples that government can track over their transaction activities.

Aditya chauhan said:   5 years ago
1. Helps to identify person details.
2. Aadhar has eased data handling.
3. With the help of Aadhar, distribution of ration is allocated to the beneficiary as per the Aadhar.
4. Helps in the population count.
5. Easy access to all services.
6. Reduces the paperwork.

1. The only concern is about the protection of Aadhar database.
2. Data leak of MS Dhoni on tweeter is another Concern for everyone.

To conclude one can say that Aadhar should be mandatory for providing useful services like subsidy, pensions, rations, but it should be optional for services like telecom, education, bank account.


Meet Patel said:   5 years ago
According to me, Aadhar is mandatory for all people because it is a 12 digit unique identification number and cannot be duplicated because it has biometrics of person.

Aadhar card serves as a single document for proof of address and identifictaion so it has vast advantages in carrying documents of identification and less paperwork.

All government subsidies can be avail through Aadhar number If you can link your Aadhar no with your bank account it can easily avail various subsidies like LPG, kerosene, scholarship and pension scheme.

You can also do online transaction via Aadhar and make transaction simpler.

Aadhar has also made it possible to curb black money and benami properties via person identification.

But, the only issue is that protection of database nowadays hacking of account through leak data of Aadhar we can see in the news that is the problem for us.

Rajdeep Roy said:   5 years ago
Making Aadhar card mandatory has huge benefits.

It reduces the amount of paperwork needed to obtain services like opening of bank account, mobile number, property registration etc.

It helps in plugging the leaks while distribution of ration or subsidies as a person is alloted the benefits only as per his Aadhar. This disallows middle man to siphon off the benefits etc.

It helps in identification of all citizens and also enables to spot out any criminal or terrorist living among us.

However, the disadvantages of making Aadhar mandatory is that not all citizens have Aadhar card with them. People from the north east or in remote areas do not have Aadhar cards with them and will be left out in government welfare schemes. Poor or needy people also might not have an aadhar card.

The contract for registration for Aadhar is awarded to private companies who can misuse people's information or extract money from people for Aadhar related services.

The collection of Aadhar data and storage incurs huge expenditure on the part of the government which is paid by people in form of taxes. The expense in Aadhar services could be utilised for other beneficial schemes like medical support, education or construction of proper roads, ports etc.

Also making of Aadhar mandatory can result in Mass surveillance of citizens by the government.

To conclude one can say that Aadhar should be mandatory for providing useful services like lpg or farmer's subsidy or Jan Dhan Yojna, pension or ration but it should be made optional for services like Telecom, education, bank account.

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