If you are confused about what to link with your Aadhaar card and what not to link, here’s an addition: government is now planning to making linking Voter ID cards with Aadhaar card compulsory, possibly sometime before the general elections.
The Supreme Court’s order banning usage of compulsory Aadhaar verification for private companies was a huge relief, but the bio-metric identity card can be used by government. Which means, linking your PAN card remains to be a necessity, and it might also be required to avail various government services and schemes. Adding to the list, the government is planning to make linking the EPIC ID (Electoral Photo ID Card) aka Voter ID to respective Aadhar number in coming days to help in filtering out all the ‘fake voters’.
For this, the government had launched a voluntary program NERPAP (National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Program) which lets everyone link their Aadhaar card with voter id card. The whole process was online, and you just have to search your name from the voters’ list, add your Aadhaar number and link it with your voted ID. The online portal had successfully linked around 380 million voters’ and Aadhaar cards with their Voter ID card. However, the web portal was stopped after some months due to privacy concerns and is currently put on hold.
An offline option is currently available and you can link the two identity documents by submitting an application to your Booth Level officer, who will verify the information provided by you, and after successful verification, your Aadhaar will be linked with your Voter ID card. The idea behind linking Voter ID and Aadhaar is to eliminate repeat, multiple, illegal, invalid and fake voters and improve accuracy of election polls. But the omnipresent concern of safety and privacy, especially when it is linked with electoral votes could prove to be a hurdle in making Aadhaar-Voter ID linking a necessity in India.