Link Driving License with Aadhar: Supreme Court
The central government has initiated the process of developing a software that is set to link driving licenses with the license holder’s Aadhar UID, as notified by the Centre to the Supreme Court in a report on 7th January 2018. The motive behind this aim is to remove fake licenses that people have acquired through illegal means and connect licenses that have been issued in all states on a real-time basis.
The Supreme Court had appointed a committee for road safety which is headed by former Supreme court judge, Justice KS Radhakrishnan. This committee then informed A bench which included Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta. This move earns greater significance when understood in the context of the petitions that challenge the validity of the Aadhar. The validity of the 12 digit identification number is being taken a call on by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The committee filed its report in the Supreme Court and mentioned about its meeting on November 28, 2017, with the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH). During this meet, various issues were discussed such as the procurement of fake licenses. As a response to this, Joint secretary, MoRTH informed that National Informatics Centre (NIC) will start preparing ‘Sarthi-4’, which will be the designated software for linking Driving licenses and Aadhar.
Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, on this side of the ministry, also educated the bench about the fact that critical road accidents in India have reduced by approximately 3% in 2017 when contrasted with 2016. The bench expressed its pleasure at receiving the above information.
In the same report, the committee asked both states and union territories to forward their respective statistics for road accidents in 2017. All the states with the exceptions of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Daman and Diu sent in their data which demonstrates a decrease by 4,558 casualties (i.e. 3.0 percent) and 24,023 injuries (i.e. 5.0 percent) in 2017 when compared to the previous year.
The court was also informed by the committee in November 2017, that all the states were responsible for setting up a road safety fund and to direct a steady flow of funds collected from traffic violations into this fund. A few states have already gone ahead and set up road safety funds and the committee is underway with the remaining states to ensure full compliance of the supreme court’s verdict which ordered that the fund should be in place latest by March 31, 2018.
During the meeting in November, it was also discussed that owing to the fact that driving licenses now come as smart cards, punching them at the time of a violation would not damage the data stored in it. The NIC is working on a central computerized database which would cover all the states. This database will be effective from October 1, 2018. Thereafter, any offense committed by the driver would be recorded in this database.