India to link Aadhaar with driver’s licenses

India’s federal government has told the Supreme Court that it will link Aadhaar numbers with driver’s licenses in order to weed out fake licenses, the Economic Times reports.

A committee on road safety, appointed by the court and headed by former Supreme Court Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, also said that software is in development to provide all Indian states with the capability to check licenses against an Aadhaar database in real-time. The committee met with the joint secretary of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in November of last year to discuss fake licenses and other safety issues, according to the Times. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is preparing the software, dubbed “Sarthi-4.”

The database is expected to be available October 1, 2018.

As previously reported, India’s election commissioner says Aadhaar should also be used to verify the identity of voters.

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