UIDAI Cautions Public Against Sharing Aadhaar Information – The UIDAI cautions people not to fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities.
The UIDAI cautions people not to fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities who are charging anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card, as the Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded version of Aadhaar on ordinary paper is perfectly valid.
The authority UIDAI, which manages Aadhaar, has also warned “E-commerce companies such E-bay, Flipkart, Amazon etc., not to allow their merchants to collect Aadhaar information from general public for printing Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such persons in any manner may amount to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and also Chapter VI of The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.”
UIDAI further added, In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he or she can download the Aadhaar card free of cost from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/. The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on plastic card or get it laminated.
UIDAI cautioned the public for protection of their privacy and advised, not to share their Aadhaar number to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated.