UIDAI Aadhaar ALERT! Is e-Aadhaar VALID like a physical copy of Aadhaar? Check ANSWER here
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 protocols have become very important to contain the spread of the disease. In such a scenario, if one has to show his or her Aadhaar card, it is reasonable to show the e-Aadhaar instead of the physical Aadhaar card to avoid contact.
e-Aadhaar Update: At present, Aadhaar is one of the most important documents for proving one's identity. the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues a verifiable 12-digit number to every Indian resident. Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the COVID-19 protocols have become very important to contain the spread of the disease. In such a scenario, if one has to show his or her Aadhaar card, it is reasonable to show the e-Aadhaar instead of the physical Aadhaar card to avoid contact.
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Now, there can be a query among the people. If e-Aadhaar is equally valid like the physical copy of Aadhaar. As per the UIDAI website, uidai.gov.in, according to the Aadhaar Act, e-Aadhaar is equally valid like a physical copy of Aadhaar
One must note that an e-Aadhaar is a password protected electronic copy of Aadhaar, which is digitally signed by the competent authority of UIDAI.
According to the circular released by the Ministry of Electronics and IT on the validity of e-Aadhaar as a proof of identity, "An Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form subject to authentication and other conditions, as may be specified by regulations, may be accepted as proof of identity of the Aadhaar number holder for any purpose."
One must note that the downloaded Aadhaar (e-Aadhaar) carries the name, address, gender, photo and date of birth details of the Aadhaar holder in similar form as in printed Aadhaar letter. The downloaded Aadhaar also contains the date of Aadhaar generation and date of Aadhaar download. The downloaded Aadhaar, that is, the e-Aadhaar is a digitally signed document by UIDAI as per IT Act, 2000 which provides for legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures.
As a result, it is clarified that the e-Aadhaar is a valid document like the physical Aadhaar. For more information, one can login to the official website of UIDAI at uidai.gov.in.
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