The use of dental records as a tool for the Unique Identification Authority of India in personal identification: A proposal


Karandeep Arora
Rahul Bansal


The Unique Identification Authority of India is a statutory authority established in 2009, which had started a campaign of issuing Aadhaar (unique identification) cards to every citizen of India under the slogan “Mera Aadhaar Meri Pehchaan” (my unique identification my identity). The government is taking all possible initiatives to make Aadhaar card the identity of an individual and is taking all measures of linking all the valid government-issued documents (such as driving license, PAN card, subsidies etc.) with this card. However, it is a matter of great sadness that some antisocial elements of the society forge or misuse the government-issued identity card and create a fake identity. To strengthen this initiative of unique identification, the dental records need to be amalgamated with this campaign. This article evaluates the importance of maintaining dental records and personal identification and also defines a proposal of linking these dental records to Aadhaar card in India.


How to Cite
Karandeep Arora, & Rahul Bansal. (2018). The use of dental records as a tool for the Unique Identification Authority of India in personal identification: A proposal. Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, 10(3), 119–122.


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