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Parkash_Singh_BadalChandigarh, April 12, 2016 (Yes Punjab News)

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today felicitated the Punjabis across the globe on the sacred occasion of Baisakhi that symbolizes the spirit of Punjab, Punjabi & Punjabiat and unity in diversity.

 

In a message on the eve of Baisakhi, the Chief Minister reminded the people of our centuries old rich and glorious cultural heritage and said that on this auspicious day in 1699 Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji - the Tenth Master of the Sikhs created ‘Order of Khalsa’ at the holy city of Sri Anandpur Sahib by baptizing ‘Panj Pyaras (beloved ones) belonging to different castes thereby carving out an egalitarian society and preaching the wisdom of love and compassion for mankind besides universal brotherhood and communal harmony. Mr. Badal also said that this festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and ripening of Rabi crops.

 

On the occasion, Mr. Badal called upon the people to celebrate this auspicious festival in unison with traditional fervour and gaiety to strengthen the secular and social fabric of our country.

beware-logoChandigarh   April 12, 2016 (Yes Punjab News)

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) cautions people not to fall to ploys of some unscrupulous entities who are charging anywhere between Rs.50 to Rs.200 for printing Aadhaar on a plastic card in the name of smart card, as the Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded version of Aadhaar on ordinary paper is perfectly valid.

 

Some entities have also been charging far more for simply laminating the downloaded version of Aadhaar.

 

“The  Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper is perfectly valid for all uses. If a person has a paper Aadhaar card, there is absolutely no need to get his/her Aadhaar card laminated  or obtain a plastic Aadhaar card or so-called SMART Aadhaar card by paying  money.  There is no concept such as smart Aadhaar card,” said Director General & Mission Director of UIDAI, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

 

In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, he can download his Aadhaar card free of cost fromhttps://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/. The print out of the downloaded Aadhaar, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by UIDAI. There is absolutely no need to print it on a plastic card or get it laminated.

 

In case a person still wants to get  his Aadhaar card  laminated or printed  on plastic card, he  may  do  so  only  at authorized Common Service Centers  or Aadhaar Permanent  Enrolment Centers by paying no more than the prescribed  rate, which is not more than Rs 30.

 

The public for protection of their privacy is advised not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on the plastic card.

 

E-commerce companies such E-bay, Flipkart, Amazon etc.,  are also instructed  not  to allow their merchants  to collect Aadhaar information from general  public for  printing  Aadhaar  card.   as  collecting such information  or unauthorized printing of Aadhaar card or aiding such  persons in any manner  may  amount to a criminal offence punishable  with imprisonment under  Indian Penal Code and also Chapter VI  of  The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

 

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