New Delhi: An Aadhaar volunteer’s “fan moment” after he prepared MS Dhoni’s card has become awkward for the government at a time it is confronting many questions about the biometric identification system.
In a series of tweets yesterday, the former India captain’s wife Sakshi Dhoni drew Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s attention to the fact that a tweet featuring an Aadhaar volunteer with the cricketer also included a screenshot of his Aadhaar page, unwittingly making his details public.
With the Twitter exchange redirecting media glare on the scheme, Mr Prasad on Wednesday asserted that “Aadhaar is fully secure”.
The I-T minister told reporters, “As far as I know, no personal information has been leaked but I have still assured his wife that we will take full care that no personal information is leaked.”
In the controversial tweet that has since been deleted, the Common Service Centre had said: “Former India Cricket Captain @msdhoni updated his Aadhaar details with a home visit by a CSC VLE. A fan moment for Ahsan Ali.” The minister was tagged in that post.
Sakshi Dhoni made it clear that the tweets were not ok:
The minister said he has instructed the agency to speak to the employee who had his picture clicked with MS Dhoni and “ensure that something like this doesn’t happen in future”.
I-T ministry sources have clarified that the representative who helped with MS Dhoni’s Aadhaar card is not a government employee but a “village level entrepreneur”, part of a huge matrix of centres involved in updating information for a commission.
The exchange between Sakshi Dhoni and the minister drew many comments.
Allegations of data security breach in Aadhaar have been in the headlines lately, with the Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI suspending the authentication services of Axis Bank over concerns about biometrics data being saved illegally. The rules do not allow anyone to store data taken for Aadhaar.
The UIDAI, which has issued 112 crore Aadhaar numbers, insists that its database is safe.