After the leak of Aadhaar data of 14 lakh people in Jharkhand, the details of 35 lakh of pensioners are made public in Kerala in severe violation of the Aadhaar Act. The pensioners, whose data have been compromised, had linked their Aadhaar details and bank account as required by the “direct benefit transfer” scheme.
Actually, the service pension website had put up details such as their names, addresses, phone numbers, bank account numbers, Aadhaar numbers and pictures for anyone to download. The site also had the pension id used to get information.
However, the data has been removed from the website after the news created a storm. The act of making Aadhaar data public can be punishable by an imprisonment of up to three years.
Recently, the Union ministry had asked the states to do away with any such data from government websites if they were not able to protect it. Besides, many of the joint secretaries had issued similar orders to their subordinates. Evidently, they have not been adhering to such orders as of now.