After analyzing the records of 6.7 Crore driving licenses in India, it was found that nearly 16.72 Lakh driving licenses could be duplicate. Earlier, Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari, had said that 30% of the driving licenses in India are fake.
According to a report by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) on the National Register for Driving Licenses regarding fake licenses, it was found that there were possibilities of duplicate licenses, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya has said.
As on January 5th 2015, out of a total of 6,70,16,851 driving license records available, 16,72,138 records were found to be possible duplicates. The percentage of probable duplicates stands at 2.5% as per this exercise.
To stop the duplicity of driving licenses, the Government is planning to digitalize the procedure of obtaining the driving license, and link it with the Aadhaar card.
It is believed that the Government is developing a software for this and it will cover all the states in India. So, it will be impossible to get a duplicate or fake license anywhere in India
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed by the Lok Sabha and presently in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing, proposes many clauses which will promote simplification and citizen facilitation.
The Ministry has introduced, online based citizen-centric application VAHAN 4 and SARATHI 4, to simplify the process of obtaining driving licenses such as online application, payment of fees or booking an appointment at the RTO for a new driving license and so on.
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