‘BIM component Get confirmation that all data handed over to ECHS on termination of contract’
First of BIM component all, it has asked the ECHS, which comes under the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare, to “get confirmation that no biometric / personal data of ECHS beneficiaries is available with M/s SITL and all the data as per the contract agreement was handed over to the ECHS on termination of the contract BIM component “.
ECHS told to confirm from vendor if it had retained a copy of the data
It has also asked ECHS to “get a confirmation from M/s SITL that a copy of the above data has not been retained / stored by their company”.
The ECHS has also been directed to ensure BIM component that a copy of the agreement signed between ECHS and M/s SITL and the renewed agreement was made available to the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.
Vendor to also be asked to confirm that information was not disclosed to a third party
Finally, the ministry has also asked ECHS to get a confirmation from M/s SITL that they have not disclosed information relating to biometric/personal data of ECHS beneficiaries to any third party and there is no breach of trust on the part of M/s SITL as per the provision of both the MoAs.
Interestingly, instead of ordering a probe in the matter, the MoD has only asked ECHS to “get a confirmation” on each of these points from the vendor itself. It is indeed difficult to fathom if the vendor would disclose the factual position considering violation of any of the norms would amount to breach of trust. However, as the letter shows, the ministry believes that the vendor would make a truthful disclosure.