Monday, 21 February 2011

What is Aadhaar?

What is Aadhaar?

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue for all residents in India. The number will be store basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual in a central database.

Aadhaar will be Easily verifiable. Unique and robust enough to eliminate the large number of duplicate and fake identities in government and private databases. A random number generated, devoid of any classification based on caste, creed, religion and geography.

* It is a 12 digit number, not only a card
* It is for every individual, including infants. Means each individual of family will have separate Aadhaar UID number
* It enables identification and is for every resident. It doesn't establishes citizenship and is not only for Indians.
* Getting Aadhaar is voluntary, not mandatory
* It is for every resident, irrespective of existing documentation. Means individuals without identification documents can also get Aadhaar.
* Each individual will be given a single unique Aadhaar ID number. One cannot have multiple Aadhaar numbers.
* Aadhaar UID number can be used by ration card, passport or any ID based application. It will not replace other ID's.
* UID Authority of India will give 'yes' or 'no' response for any identification authentication queries. Other information will not be accessible to public and private agencies.

Why Aadhaar?

  • Great potential for not-so-privileged, poor and the marginalised people, mostly living in the rural areas
  • Clear proof of identity
  • Facilitate entry for poor and underprivileged residents into the formal banking system
  • Opportunity to avail services provided by the government and the private sector
  • Giving migrants mobility of  identity
  • Financial inclusion with deeper penetration of banks, insurance and easy distribution of benefits of government schemes.

Who can get an Aadhaar?

An individual who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI can get an Aadhaar.

Let's join and work together to make UID number a powerful tool and enabler in various fields.





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