Govt wants to keep your Aadhaar records for 7 years: report

Citizens won’t have access to the data after two of the five years, but officials will be able to…


The Centre wants to keep a record of all services and benefits a person gets by using his Aadhaar card for seven years, reports. However, the issue has raised concerns.

As per the report the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will be made to preserve its records of verification of Aadhaar number for seven years. The information retrieved from the number will be online for two years from where the citizens can check their own records. After that, for five years the files will be kept in government archives but the individuals will not get to access these records. However, the designated joint secretary-level officers will be able to access information.

The rules regarding this were notified in September.

The issue was raised eyebrows but UIDAI chief executive officer ABP Pandey has said that there was no need for alarm as the records will be kept to address any issue over a transaction. Usually only select government data is kept for over five years.

He also said that the officials will have to get a district judge’s permission to avail the data.

The UIDAI began a special drive to enroll the leftover population for Aadhaar in 22 states and union territories on October 15. The states include Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The drive is to ensure that nobody is left without an Aadhaar in these states. As part of this drive, the residents of these States who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar are being asked to register themselves at ww.wenrol.uidai.gov.in. The scheme is for adult population and will continue till November 15.