Issue official government notification to make e aadhaar acceptable everywhere

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Aadhaar is basically a number identifying a citizen's biometric information. After enrolment, UIDAI issued Aadhaar Letter which contains the number along with photo and other details of the citizen. Due to various factors (postal lapses among them), many citizens did not receive the Letter. However, it is very easy to retrieve an electronic copy of the Letter (the e aadhaar card) from the UIDAI web site using mobile based OTP authentication. RBI has already issued circular (https://uidai.gov.in/images/rbi_notification_e_aadhaar.pdf directing banks and other financial institutions to treat the print out of this e aadhaar letter as equally valid for customer verification purposes. There is another circular (https://uidai.gov.in/images/uidai_om_on_e_aadhaar_validity.pdf giving hard copy of e aadhaar equal validity. However that is based from the time when UIDAI was monitored by the now defunct Planning Commission. So UIDAI and GoI should now issue fresh notification based on the Aadhaar Act and widely publicize equivalence in print, audiovisual and social media so that citizens using e aadhaar is not rejected anywhere, for example, getting telephone/electric/ gas connection.



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