Thursday, July 05, 2018

DigiYatra hits a roadblock as plan to go paperless at airports hits Aadhaar hurdle

DigiYatra, a government scheme aimed at making flying easier for passengers who decide to link their Aadhaar card to the airlines and other associated service providers at airports, has hit an obstacle after the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) denied sharing the biometric data with aviation authorities for security reasons.

As per a report in The Economic Times, a senior aviation ministry official under the condition of anonymity said, “UIDAI has refused to share biometric data with us due to security reasons. Now, we are looking at other identity options to implement the scheme.”

DigiYatra was envisaged to make entry to airports faster, paperless and possibly without any human intervention. The authorities are now looking at other options like the passport or an identity card. However, the benefits that Aadhaar could have offered would be difficult to achieve with any other option.
04/07/18 Moneycontrol