Citing the reason behind the move, Gaikwad said that several bogus licences were issued in the past. He mentioned that people were using driving licences for the address proof to get new telephone connections, mobile phone SIM cards and to claim a housing unit in MHADA or other SRA schemes. He claimed that earlier while issuing a driving licence, the State Transport Department did not verify the applicants addresses. So, lots of bogus cards had been issued in the past.
Gaikwad took this step after chief secretary JP Dange had announced that a ration card should no longer be considered as an address proof.
Meanwhile, this change might create some kind of confusion that what can be submitted as an address proof, claimed an official.