The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has clarified that all parts of the e-Aadhaar are to be considered valid proof of identity and address.
The annoucement comes after doubt and concern by stakeholders as to the validity of e-Aadhaar and the cut-away portion of the Aadhaar letter.
According to the Information Technology Act 2000, electronic records with digital signatures are to be legally recognised, meaning e-Aadhaar must be treated as a valid document as it has been digitally certified.
According to the UIDAI, the e-Aadhaar document is digitally signed using certificate issued by NIC as per the IT Act. Further, all the data printed in e-Aadhaar, is the same data as printed in Aadhaar letter, making e-Aadhaar a valid and secured electronic document, which should be treated at par with a printed Aadhaar letter.
A new portal had been launched to allow the citizens download their e-Aadhaar, an electronically generated Aadhaar letter, from the website of UIDAI.