Govt Will Launch Next Version Of Aadhaar: One Digital ID To Link PAN, DL, Passport, Aadhaar & More!
The Central government is developing a new model of “Federated Digital Identities” which would integrate multiple digital IDs as a successor of the Aadhaar Card.
The plan proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s (MeitY) would link digital IDs such as driving licence, passport numbers, PAN, etc into a single identity.
Purpose And Benefits
This umbrella digital identity will benefit the citizens by putting them in control of these identities and providing the option of choosing any one for any specific purpose.
It will also function as a one-stop destination to store Central and State-related ID data.
It can be used for KYC or eKYC (know your customer) processes and ease online identification processes for government and private entities.
The government has recommended a framework in which the most extensive work would be done by the Centre or by ministries which deal with concurrent or state subjects.
The state governments will handle the ‘state architecture pattern’ and will work with the Centre on the ‘InDEA Lite architecture pattern’.
What Is IndEA?
IndEA or India Enterprise Architecture was first proposed and designed in 2017 to help align IT developments with the business vision of government organisations.
The updated 2.0 version proposes a framework that helps public and private sector companies build and design IT architecture to deliver “holistic and integrated services to the customers”.
The concept of an umbrella identity is being criticised due to concerns over digital security and risks of critical data leakage.
However the proposal is at the early stages and the inner workings remain unclear.
It will reportedly be available in the public domain soon and the Ministry might seek comments by February 27.