MoRTH plans to introduce Universal smart card driving licences to curb fake or bogus licenses

The government plans to introduce Universal smart card driving licences. It aims to curb fake or bogus licenses.
Vamsi Athreya

Last Updated: Jun 27,2019 11:59 IST

MoRTH plans to introduce Universal smart card driving licences to curb fake or bogus licenses

MoRTH plans to introduce Universal smart card driving licences to curb fake or bogus licenses

27 June 2019 Current Affairs: The government plans to introduce Universal smart card driving licences. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to modify the current format of driving licenses. It aims to curb fake or bogus licenses. 

Smart card driving licences:
The smart card driving licences will be a laminated card without chip or smart card type driving licences and which will include nationwide standardised format of placement of Information, standardization of fonts etc. All of the information of an individual is stored electronically. The biometric data of an individual is computerised and can be accessed by RTOs / ARTOs via their office servers. For this purpose, RTOs (Regional Transport Offices) should issue a uniform format of driving licenses across nation. The biometric data provided by the applicant will include details such as blood group, a scan on their retina, fingerprints and body marks, etc. This information will be stored in the RTO / ARTO office server and will also be sent to the head office of each state’s transport department.

SARATHI:
This Ministry will accomplish the mission through its flagship application called SARATHI, for driving license, developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC). NIC has a common countrywide database of all driving license holders. Almost 15 crore driving license records are available in its central repository. The SARATHI application has the feature to identify duplicate records online in real time and access information about the challans if any. 
Why: Around 30% of indians have duplicate license or Bogus license. For instance, Delhi police reported that in NCR region, cases of underage driving have jumped into 589% and 61 unpermitted juvenile cases were registred and issues in challans just in the first 15 days of January 2019.
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