Also, UIDAI said there could be a possibility of sharing Aadhaar details including personal sensitive demographic information without informed consent with some devious elements.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) reiterated that Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or the downloaded version on ordinary paper or mAadhaar are perfectly valid.
Asking people to keep away from such shops or vendors, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI said, "So-called Aadhaar smart card is totally unnecessary and a waste as during such printing its QR code often becomes dysfunctional. The Aadhaar card or the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on ordinary paper or mAadhaar is perfectly valid for all kind of uses."
In case a person loses his Aadhaar card, UIDAI said it can be downloaded from the website and the printout of the downloaded Aadhaar card, even in black and white form, is as valid as the original Aadhaar letter sent by it.
Further, Pandey advised people to be watchful for the protection of their privacy and recommended not to share their Aadhaar number or personal details to unauthorized agencies for getting it laminated, or printed on plastic card.
The Aadhaar issuing authority has also cautioned unauthorised agencies not to collect information from general public for printing of Aadhaar card as collecting such information or unauthorized printing amounts to a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment under Indian Penal Code and Aadhaar Act, 2016.