Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday has asked citizens to stay away from shops/vendors who make plastic or PVC Aadhaar smart cards saying those printing them may steal data.
"There could be a possibility of sharing Aadhaar details (personal sensitive demographic information) without informed consent with some devious elements," the UIDAI said in a statement.
The Aadhaar making agency added that yearning for the Aadhaar smart card may make people fall to the ploys of some unscrupulous elements who are printing Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet and charging anywhere between Rs 50 and Rs 300 or more.
"So-called Aadhaar Smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses", said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI.
He added, if a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so called smart Aadhaar card by paying money. There is no concept such as smart or plastic Aadhaar card.
In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost from https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in. The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar card, 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/PVC card or get it laminated.