- Agency overview
Formed February 2009
Jurisdiction Government of India (Union Government)
Headquarters New Delhi
Annual budget 3,000 crore (US$666 million) (2010)
Agency Nandan Nilekani, Chairman
Executives Ram Sewak Sharma, Director General and Mission Director
Website - www.uidai.gov.in
Aadhaar Enrolments - http://www.uidai.gov.in/index.php?
UIDAI or the Unique Identification Authority of India has issued the residents of India with a 12- digit number, which is known as Aadhaar. The central database stores the Aadhaar according to the biometric and demographic information of the concerned person. Aadhar card also contains the fingerprints of the person along with his photograph.
Aadhar card at a glance:
Aadhar card contains the 12 digit number that is a cost effective way to verify identity even online. Aadhar card will also help in saving people from duplicity and false identity crisis that many a times happen in government databases and private information. However, Aadhaar number would be generated arbitrary without classifying a person's caste, religion, creed, geography etc.
Why should one opt for Aadhaar number or Aadhar card?
Aadhaar contains two unique characteristics that is the reason why people opt for Aadhaar number. They are:
All the service providers in due course of time will accept Aadhaar number and hence one can expect universality.All the residents of India are entitled to Aadhaar number.
Advantages of Aadhaar
The UIDAI is trying to build collaborations with the private as well as public sector units. Thus, Aadhaar retail and Aadhar project are being built at different areas of the country under enrolment. The UIDAI has assigned Registrars for Aadhar project as well as Aadhaar retail, which provide aid to residents who want to enrol for Aadhaar. So all the state banks,, telecom sector, PSUs have adopted Aadhaar retail and Aadhar project.
Consequently, there has been a tremendous difference in the faith between the residents of India, public agencies and the private bodies. The Know Your Customer checks are no longer required for identification as the Aadhar project do the needful by offering unique identity of a person. No more identification documents are required at different levels and in different sectors. Thus, with the aid of Aadhar project, the residents too are spared of all the trouble of proving identity using the address proof, driving license, etc.
Getting Aadhaar retail is very simple. One just need to go through the process of verification laid down by UIDAI and should be an Indian resident to get Aadhaar.