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30 per cent driving license issued in India are bogus, claims Transport Minister

30 per cent driving license issued in India are bogus, claims Transport Minister
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 04 April 2017, 18:39 PM

Recently the RTO had revised their fine amount for traffic offences. At the recently held recently Smart Hackathon 2017,Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister claimed that around 30 per cent of the driving licences issued in the country are bogus. In order to address the issue, the government had recently made it mandatory for applicants to provide their Aadhaar card details while filing for a new one or renewing their existing licence. 

Providing Aadhaar card details makes the task easier as a unique ID has been assigned for each individual, thereby making it difficult for bogus applicants to apply for multiple licences from different RTOs. This new revelation had been made during the minister’s address at the Smart Hackathon 2017. Reports indicate that the government has set up a centralised database for licences issued in the country. Once the applicant’s details have been saved on the system, a new applicant with similar details will not be processed and the application will be immediately suspended.

This change in the process aids in making the process more transparent while also curbing corruption at grass root level as well as preventing bogus applications. Additionally, the government has also made it mandatory for RTOs to issue a licence within three days of an individual clearing the driving test. Along withstreamlining the process, it also helps the government ensure that only genuine individuals hold a valid driving licence in the country.


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