An application was given by the (EPIC) the Election Commission of India to the Supreme Court sometime back, appealing on link Aadhaar card to Voter ID card and judgement is still awaiting.
After the centre was permitted to link the PAN card with Aadhar card, the Election Commission is confident that the linkage of the Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) with the Aadhaar Card would be granted by the apex court.
It is a good effort from the Election Commission’s end as there would be no duplication or fake voting undertaken hence. It becomes much easier to track the proxy being implemented accordingly.
PAHAL also is planning to initiate the ‘link with Aadhaar card’ wherein it would enable LPG subsidy if one links her or his Aadhar to her or his gas subscription. The best part is that the linking takes few minutes online.
The unnamed sources in the EC said, “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court would positively consider our application in the larger interest of a fair and transparent electoral system.”
Aadhaar was first used to pass on the subsidies of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) such as in the purchase of LPG cylinder and payment of MGNREGA. However, now, over 90 centrally-sponsored schemes from 19 ministries are implemented through DBT, which itself is linked with Aadhaar.
On February 27, 2015, the Election Commission issued guidelines for linking EPIC with Aadhaar as part of the National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP). The programme was launched on March 3.
One of the major objectives of NERPAP was to check multiple entries in electoral rolls so as to make them error-free. Aadhaar number of electors hence, was collected through various modes throughout the country.
EC did receive various objections. There were lot of representations and complaints made by the public and organizations stating that there were lot of names of voters that were deleted from the electoral rolls by booth-level officers (BLOs) and the same might take place for not furnishing Aadhaar number.
Secondly, complaints were also made with regard to the misuse of Aadhaar database.
EC defended by clarifying that Aadhaar was not mandatory but only optional. It said no electoral service would be denied to the voters on the ground that they had not submitted their Aadhaar number. It also clarified that non-furnishing of Aadhaar number would not be a ground for rejection of application for new enrollment against an application for new enrollment. Similarly, the name of existing voters would not be deleted from the electoral roll for not furnishing Aadhaar number.
EC explained that Aadhaar number was being collected for authentication of details of the voters. However, it assured of confidentiality and security of data during the process of feeding and seeding. The process on how to link Aadhar card with Voter ID online will be an easy one.
It is a way to make safety and easy accessibility to the public noteworthy concepts.