Common utility card


The idea of “1 card for all utilities” (Page 1, September 24) is a well-thought-out plan but is limited to the extent in its advantage: that it cuts the need for a person to carry different identity cards to suit different occasions. If the plan materialises in action, it is bound to have legal ramifications apart from the expenditure involved; this will be a contentious issue in the public domain that will have to be countered by the government in Parliament. The passage of the Aadhaar card was not smooth and one must not forget that. The new card idea being one mooted by the Home Minister Amit Shah is unique as an idea but could open a Pandora’s box as and when it takes concrete shape.

N. Visveswaran,


The very idea of one card for all utilities is absurd. The ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, should come out of its “one” mania” such as one nation, one language, one ration card. There is already the Aadhaar card which is linked to our bank accounts and PAN number. The issue is when there is a single card that holds all vital details, what happens when the system is compromised? It would place the individual at great risk. There is no issue at all in having different cards on one’s person. Let the government leave this suggestion and concentrate on strengthening the economy.

T. Anand Raj,


With the central agencies possessing superpowers to venture into an individual’s personal computer, this card would only make their work easier. Also cases of cyber threats and digital frauds may witness an unprecedented rise. Intruders would have only one gate to breach and make away with lots of data. Before even thinking of such a card the officials must ensure that it is a locker that is unbreakable.

Devanand Vyas,

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Mr. Shah’s suggestion once again raises the question of data security and data privacy in our country. Having all data under one umbrella will only make it more vulnerable to data theft and misuse. Aadhaar is a prime example. The government should first ensure strong and solid privacy and data laws before even thinking of such extravagant “digital India” ideas. Due cognisance and time should be devoted to these issues and they should not be implemented hastily like the recent and controversial National Register of Citizens.

Naveen Raja,

Samba, Jammu and Kashmir

The idea, if made a reality, is likely to cause many hardships in a number of instances, examples being the card getting lost, stolen, damaged, misplaced, a delay in data updation, digital contigencies such as hacking of data, server down, network failure, etc.

Perhaps brainstorming among various segments such as officials, the common man, political parties, industrialists and entrepreneurs will help fine-tune the idea.

Jiji Panicker K.,

Chengannur, Kerala

The idea is a smart one. However, it has come rather late in the day. People have already wasted and are still wasting lots of time standing in the queues in order to get Aadhaar, Electors Photo Identity Card and ration card. A new multipurpose card would again mean that people have to spend more time once again standing in queues. Time is something that is not considered important in India and it is assumed that people can afford to waste time without a limit. How much time was wasted, for instance by crores in front of banks for days in order to obtain measly amounts following demonetisation?

K.R. Jayaprakash Rao,


It would be a really great idea to have single multipurpose ID card which would be of huge convenience. Officials must take care, however that ‘one card must mean one card’. It should not become just another card among the plethora of existing cards as it happened in the case of the Aadhaar card.

Anshul Mittal,

Mansa, Punjab

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