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Ravi Shankar Prasad says Core biometrics under Aadhaar safe, savings of Rs 90,000 cr

Asserting that core biometrics under Aadhaar were safe and secure, the government on Friday said the use of the unique identification mechanism has ensured savings of over Rs 90,000 crore by eliminating middlemen.

Addressing concerns over the safety of Aadhaar database raised during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, minister of electronics and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “There has been no case of misuse of UIDAI database till date.”

Prasad said the government has provided a proper framework for Aadhaar by creating a legislative framework to back it.

Some members raised questions about reports that some hackers had managed to deposit Re 1 into the account of TRAI chairman by using his Aadhaar database.

The minister said that UIDAI had already issued a statement in this regard. He said some of the claims being made were not correct. Prasad assured members that “core biometrics” of Aadhaar were totally safe.

He said under the Direct Benefit Transfer mechanism, Aadhaar had resulted in savings to the tune of over Rs 90,000 crore.

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