Free Press Journal
  • Aadhaar a bane: With flaws galore, identity in deep crisis

    In yet another persistent push to literally shovel the Aadhaar card into Indian identity, it’s now mandatory for poor women to have it in order to procure free cooking gas. Interestingly, even though the Supreme Court had clarified that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for the mid day meal, the government was still authoritative. As if this new syndrome had not percolated enough, even IRCTC mentioned that in the coming plan for

  • Woman delivers baby outside, after denied entry in Gurgaon hospital for not carrying Aadhaar card

    Gurgaon: A woman today delivered her baby outside the emergency ward of a civil hospital here after the staff allegedly denied her admission into the labour ward for not carrying her Aadhaar card, her family members said. After the incident came to light, Gurgaon Chief Medical Officer Dr BK Rajora said a doctor and a staff nurse were suspended from duty. The patient, identified as Munni Kewat (25), was taken to the

  • Uttar Pradesh: With no Aadhaar card, old age home inmates denied pension in Bareilly

    Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh): Inmates of an old age home in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly complained that they are unable to avail certain facilities and collect pension as they do not have an Aadhaar card. Speaking to ANI, a victim said the machine cannot trace their thumb impression because of wrinkles on their fingers.

  • Aadhaar law may not be set aside on account of denial of benefits to citizens: Supreme Court

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said that issues such as denial of benefits to citizens for either want of Aadhaar or due to its non-authentication may not be a ground for holding the law as “unconstitutional”. The court made the observation while declining to pass any interim order on a plea of the West Bengal government that citizens should not be excluded and denied social benefits for want of Aadhaar or

  • Indore: Is Aadhaar a necessary evil?

    Indore: The government planned a centralised database that keeps the nation in check but the real question is the safety of the data collected and its handling. Aadhaar Card is a Unique Identification that collects biometric data of the residents and it started for benefitting the Jan Dhan Yojna beneficiaries, LPG subsidy recipients and later making it compulsory for the complete nation to link their mobile phones and other important documents. SAMEER

  • Banking conclave by FPJ and moneycontrol: Industry bigwigs discuss the future of banking

    A banking conclave was organised recently by the Free Press Journal and moneycontrol.com, at the MIT World Peace University campus in Pune. It was divided into two panel discussions— the future of banking and the future of microfinance and e-payments, both extremely relevant themes for the sector. Panelists across both panels included a veritable cross-section of experienced heads – Venkatesh Hariharan, Director, iSpirit; Sachin Seth, Partner, EY

  • Centre to now link driving licence with Aadhaar

    New Delhi: The Centre is in the process of linking driving licences with Aadhaar number to weed out fake licences and a software for this covering all states on a real time basis is under preparation, the Supreme Court was told today.

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    UIDAI allocation at Rs 1,375 crore in FY’19

    New Delhi: Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI has been allocated nearly 15 per cent more funds at Rs 1,375 crore for 2018-19, which are expected to be used for technology upgradation and strengthening the overall capacity. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was given Rs 900 crore in the last Budget, but later the allocation was revised to Rs 1,200 crore.

  • Supreme Court to resume hearing on Aadhaar’s legality

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s five-judge constitution bench will resume hearing on the legality of the 12-digit biometric identification number, Aadhaar, on Thursday. On January 23, during the hearing, the petitioners’ counsel, Shyam Divan, pointed out that Section 48 allows the government to take over the control of the entire record by citing a public emergency. He also cited section 51 and 57 while arguing for a slew of petitioners challenging the

  • Mumbai: Aadhaar linking to bank accounts holding up LPG booking

    Mumbai: Households in Mumbai are finding it increasingly difficult to book LPG cylinders — both online and by phone registration. They get instead repeated reminders to link Aadhaar cards to respective bank accounts. Sharda Lakhani, 63, who lives alone in her Malad house, has been trying to book a gas cylinder for the last 10 days. “A telephone operator merely reads the automated booking reference number but no one turns up with the

  • MP: Pregnant woman without Aadhaar denied help at hospital in Jaunpur

    Jaunpur: A pregnant woman in Madhaya Pradesh’s Jaunpur district was force to deliver a baby at the gate of a medical center after being allegedly turned away by doctor because she had no bank account or Aadhaar card.

  • Mumbai: BMC to make Aadhaar card mandatory for hawkers as well

    After being questioned by the citizens over hawkers menace in Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to make Aadhaar card mandatory, for those to want to procure hawker’s license. According to a report in Asian Age, the BMC has made a special software for issuing licenses to hawkers in Mumbai, in which information about the vendors will be stored and all details about them will be available.

  • Supreme Court to continue hearing petitions on Aadhaar card

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday continue hearing a slew of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar card. Earlier on January 18, the petitioners’ counsel pointed out three issues as the Aadhaar matter was being argued before five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court.

  • Nothing voluntary in Aadhaar, Supreme Court told

    New Delhi: A forceful argument that the State cannot compel a citizen to part with personal information to a private entity on Friday prompted the Supreme Court to point out that people voluntarily gave such inputs to private insurance or mobile companies. The argument was made during the hearing on the Aadhaar issue by senior advocate Shyam Divan before a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

  • Citizens share info to firms to get insurance, mobile nos.: Supreme Court

    New Delhi: A forceful argument that the State cannot compel a citizen to part with personal information to a private entity, today prompted the Supreme Court to point out that people voluntarily gave such inputs to private insurance or mobile companies.