April 27, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi: Adhaar number of the beneficiaries of various government schemes appearing on the official websites of their respective departments have raised serious question mark over the security of the Adhaar cards data.
In the first reported by the media, Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), which is under the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, were available on its website.
Earlier, this week the Department of Social Justice Justice and Empowerment of the Gujarat government had at least two documents with names, addresses and Aadhaar numbers of hundreds, if not thousands, of students that can be viewed publicly on the department’s website.
In this latest fiasco to follow in the case of PMAY putting in any random number in the “By Other ID” search option on its website brings up many beneficiaries along with their name, father’s name, city of residence, age, caste and Aadhaar numbers, reads Indian Express (IE).
Even photographs of some of the beneficiaries are published next to their Aadhaar numbers.
Furthermore, in Gujarat, a list of 32,979 students who had received scholarship under the Post-Matric Scholarship for Minority Communities in 2013-14, and a list of 2,607 students who received Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for the same year are easily accessible on the Social Justice Department’s website.
Media sources indicates, Aadhaar numbers of many students, although not all, are mentioned along with their name, address, mobile phone number, parents’ names, bank account details and the institutions where they study.
In the last three days, Aadhaar numbers of PDS beneficiaries in Chandigarh, Provident Fund beneficiaries of Swachh Bharat Mission under the Water and Sanitation Ministry, and of lakhs of pensioners paid by the Jharkhand government had appeared on websites of their respective departments, media sources said.
While quoting the reports being circulating on twitter and other media at least nine cases have come to light in April alone in which Aadhaar data appeared in public on websites of different government authorities across the country. These government agencies include the Punjab Minority Welfare Department, Bihar Minority Welfare Department, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Telangana Backward Classes Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, Kerala Scholarship Egrantz, Khadi and Village Industries Commission, and Kerala Sevana Pension Site.
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