Do not share your personal information for printing Aadhar Card- UIDAI

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has cautioned people not to share their personal information with unauthorised agencies for printing PVC Aadhar Card. E-commerce companies have also been informed not to allow their merchants to collect Aadhaar information from general public.
While stating this in Chandigarh on Tuesday, an official spokesman said that the people should not fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities who are charging between Rs 50 and Rs 200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card, as the Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded version of Aadhaar on ordinary paper is perfectly valid. Some entities have also been charging far more for simply laminating the downloaded version of Aadhaar.
He said that Director General and Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey has already made it clear that there is no concept such as smart Aadhaar card, adding that Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper is perfectly valid for all uses. If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his or her Aadhaar card laminated or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so called SMART Aadhaar card by paying money.
The spokesman said that in case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost fromhttps://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/.   The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar, 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 card or get it laminated.
In case a person still wants to get his Aadhaar card laminated or printed on plastic card, he may do so only at authorised Common Service Centres or Aadhaar Permanent Enrolment Centres by paying no more than the prescribed rate, which is not more than Rs 30.
The public, for protection of their privacy are advised not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card, he added.
He said that e-commerce companies such E-bay, Flipkart and  Amazon are hereby informed not to allow their merchants to collect Aadhaar information from general  public for printing Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such  persons in any manner  may  amount to a criminal offence punishable  with imprisonment under  Indian Penal Code and also Chapter VI  of  The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

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