• e-Aadhaar Card: An Introduction to the Digitised ID

    India is moving towards digitisation and a number of measures are being put into place to ensure this. In addition to going digital, there are numerous processes being put into effect to ensure that all citizens’ information is compiled under a single central database. The step being taken in this direction is the introduction of the Aadhar number/card. e-Aadhar number is a 12 digit alphanumeric identity provided by the Unique Identification Authority of India, which is a government agency, to all Indian citizens. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) functions under the Planning Commission of India.

    Through this process, the biometric and demographic data of individuals is collected and stored in a centralised database.

    What is  e-Aadhaar Card Status?

    E-Aadhaar is an electronic version of Aadhar card can be downloaded online on submitting individual’s Aadhar or the enrolment ID. This version is as valid as the original card. At the official website of UIDAI, one can check the Aadhaar card status, download e-Aadhar card, verify Aadhar linking and so on.

    Information Available On e-Aadhar

    An e-Aadhar card of individuals, like its physical copy, contains their biometric and demographic information. Individuals can visit the UIDAI link to see thee-Aadhar information such as -

    • Aadhar number
    • Photograph of the cardholder
    • Name of the cardholder
    • Date of birth of the cardholder
    • Address of the cardholder
    • Sex of the cardholder
    • Biometric details such as fingerprint of the individual

    How to Check e-Aadhaar Status?

    When an individual has completed the Aadhaar enrolment process, he/she can visit the official link of UIDAI to check the status of his/her card and download the e-Aadhar. Given below are the steps to check the status of Aadhaar card.

    • Go to UIDAI website
    • On the home page, select ‘Check Aadhaar Status
    • Enter the 14 digit EID number and 14 digit time stamp (mention as dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss) as given on the enrolment slip.
    • Enter the security Captcha code.
    • Click on the ‘Check Status’ button.

    Applicants can see the status of their card by following these simple steps. They can also download the e-Aadhaar if they want after checking the status.

    How to Download e-Aadhar from the e-Aadhar link?

    Given below are the steps that individuals will have to follow, in order to download e-Aadhar card -

    • Individuals must first note down the enrollment number, time and date provided in their acknowledgment slip that would have been given during the time of their Aadhar application.
    • They will have to then visit the UIDAI website and enter all required details.
    • They will then have to click on the option titled, ‘Get One Time Password’
    • They will then receive a one time password or OTP which will have to be entered into the given field.
    • Applicants will have to then enter the first four letters of their name in Capitals combined with their birth year (YYYY format) as the password in order to open the e-Aadhar pdf file.

    Benefits Of e-Aadhar Card

    • E Aadhar card is an electronic card and is available online, hence can be accessed at all times, and individuals need not have to worry about losing their card as it is virtual and cannot be misplaced.
    • E Aadhar card is a universal identity card can be procured by all Indian citizens. This card acts as a proof of identity as well as address, unlike most other documents.
    • The Government of India has provided a number of subsidies such as LPG subsidy, and so on to all Individuals. However, in order to avail these subsidies, applicants must provide their Aadhar card.
    • Availing other documents such as a Passport can be done easily if individuals have their Aadhar card with them.
    • Individuals can also open bank accounts by using their Aadhar card.
    • An e-Aadhar card is a valid proof of address and identity as mentioned by the Unique Identification Authority of India since this document has been digitally certified. Additionally, all data that has been printed in a physical copy of the Aadhar card is the same as the information provided in e-Aadhar card.
    • A ‘Resident Portal’ has also been launched to allow individuals to download their e-Aadhar card. Common Service Centres in Indian States can allow individuals to download their e-Aadhar card.

    Read also: Benefits of Aadhaar Card

    FAQs of e-Aadhar

    What is an e-Aadhaar card number?

    An Aadhaar number basically refers to the 12-digit figure that is printed on the card issued to Indian residents by the Unique Identification Authority of India post an exhaustive verification process. In order to apply for the Aadhaar card, residents have to submit demographic details such as name, gender, age, date of birth, and residential address. Apart from this, biometric information including fingerprints, iris scan and facial photographs are taken.

    The Aadhaar number is a one of a kind unique number that is likely to prevent identity duplication and can serve as a digital identity proof. This Aadhaar number can be used to encourage more transparency in government-based welfare schemes and avoid misuse of government subsidies through identity duplication.

    The Aadhaar number is a proof of ‘Financial Address’ and through this unique numeric value, various services can be assessed.

    How many numbers are there in an e-Aadhar card?

    An e-Aadhar card has 12 digits on it and these numbers are used as a representation of the identity of the person holding the card. It is a random number that is generated after the government verifies an Indian resident’s biometric and demographic information.

    How to check e-Aadhar status card?

    Since e-Aadhar is the digital form of physical Aadhaar card, UIDAI makes it available for download as soon as the applicant’s verification of data is complete and the Unique Identity number (UID) is generated. An individual can visit the UIDAI website and check his/her Aadhaar card status and also download the e-Aadhaar card

    Validity of a Downloaded Aadhar Card as Proof of Identity

    The downloaded copy of the Aadhaar is a valid document and will be accepted as a legal document. The Aadhaar card that is downloaded from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website is equivalent to the original Aadhaar card. The card can be downloaded without any charges from the UIDAI website.

    Will downloaded Aadhar be accepted?

    • The downloaded copy of the Aadhaar card also referred to as e-Aadhaar, is a valid document. It will be legally accepted as an identity proof under the Aadhaar Act
    • The downloaded Aadhaar is also considered as a secure electronic document and will be considered as on par with the printed version of the Aadhaar letter
    • This downloaded Aadhaar is a digitally signed document as per provisions of the IT Act, 2000
    • The downloaded documents contains all details such as date of birth, photo, gender, address, name, etc.
    • Even a paper Aadhaar card will be accepted and the concept of a smart Aadhaar card does not exist
    • If a person loses his or her Aadhaar card, the same can be downloaded from the UIDAI portal without any hassle.
    • A colour or black and white print out is still considered valid
    • The Indian Railways will accept thee-Aadhaar as a valid identity proof
    • According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), e-Aadhaar will be accepted as a valid document by all bank



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      The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has asked exchanges to find out if their clients will be ready to provide Aadhaar details to carry out stock exchange dealings in the future. SEBI has asked for this move to be implemented before the end of the year. SEBI has suggested this move as a way to curb tax evasion and prevent money laundering in the country. The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has asked brokers to make a decision in this regard and submit their comments before August 23, 2017.

      All existing clients will have to furnish Aadhaar details before December 31, this year. In case details are not submitted the respective accounts of the client will be deactivated.

      29 August 2017

    • Now, Aadhaar likely to be must for all real estate deals

      Aadhaar is likely to be made mandatory for all real estate transactions in the country. The main objective of this move is to bring down the number of illegal property transactions and prevent the use of black money. Aadhar will therefore become mandatory while registering property documents. Plans are also on to introduce electronic registration of properties, for which, it will be mandatory to provide Aadhaar-based authentication. Amendments are likely to be made to various sections of the Registration Act, 1908, to allow Aadhaar-based authentication for all real estate transactions in the future.

      The government hopes that this will help curb benami and other fraudulent transactions.

      2 August 2017

    • Patients and kin to mandatorily have Aadhaar to avail ambulance services

      Aadhaar has been made compulsory by the Uttar Pradesh Government for those who wish to procure the free ambulance service. If a patient has to be transferred to a hospital and needs an ambulance, his/her relative or the patient himself/herself will have to show their Aadhaar card. This is being done to weed out anomalies regarding ambulance trip distance, duration and curb the fraudulent sage of these vehicles, according to officials. However, this would become an issue as many individuals in rural areas do not have Aadhaar cards currently.

      According to Health Department officials, a number of flaws are present in the existing ambulance services. It has been noticed that drivers would make fake trips but provided false details in order to make money for the fuel and sometimes fake calls were made in order to book a trip. Hence, in order to curb this issue the state government has asked all Chief Medical Officers to ensure that Aadhaar card details are provided by anyone who wishes to use the services of an ambulance.

      This is however an issue in rural areas as not everybody has Aadhaar cards and the poor healthcare infrastructure is a prevalent problem.

      29 June 2017

    • Government directs the schools to prepare their kitchen before the vacation ends

      Thiruvananthapuram: The government school’s vacation is coming to an end in and they have directed by the state government to upgrade their kitchen with LPG gas connection to service midday meals. Considering the fact that most government schools are still using firewood, kerosene, and other methods for cooking their midday mean for their student, the government aims at ensuring a kerosene-free and pollution-free environment through the usage of LPG. There are many schools who have already got their LPG connection, however, the rest of the schools are yet to upgrade their kitchen. The school authorities have been directed to make the necessary arrangements for start cooking the midday meal with LPG gas.

      29 May 2017

    • Aadhaar is now mandatory for engineering scholarship

      In a bid to curb the scam related to engineering scholarship, the state higher and technical education department of Nagpur has made it mandatory to furnish Aadhaar in order to take advantage of the engineering scholarship. The applicants who do not have Aadhaar can provide a copy of their Aadhaar enrolment slip in order to be eligible for an engineering scholarship. Once a student applies for the scholarship and authenticates the application with their biometric details, their application will be eligible for a scholarship. Considering the fact that Aadhaar is a superior identification document in India, it eliminates the need for submission of multiple documents. The board has taken this initiative to ensure digitization and superior administrative control.

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    • Aadhaar Mandatory For IT Returns Filing, PAN Application

      The government has announced that it is studying the viability of making the Aadhaar card mandatory for the filing of Income Tax returns as well as for applying for a PAN (Permanent Account Number) card.

      According to the proposal, Aadhaar card details will need to be entered by all individuals filing their IT returns from July 2017 onwards.

      Additionally, the Income Tax (IT) Department is considering the issue of PAN cards on a real-time basis using the Aadhaar e-KYC facility. However, this proposal is still being considered by the Department.

      The Aadhaar-based e-KYC facility allows for the verification of information such as date of birth or address through biometric identification by using the individual’s thumb impressions.

      Aadhaar is slowly becoming necessary for most services, from applying for a new SIM card to opening a bank account.

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    • Aadhaar Mandatory To Receive Armed Forces Pensions

      The government has made it mandatory for defence pensioners to submit their Aadhaar details to continue receiving their pensions. The notification regarding the same was released earlier this week, but the government is already bracing for protests from activists and veterans.

      The notification, dated March 6th, 2017, has made it mandatory for all retired defence personnel and family of deceased ex-servicemen to submit their Aadhaar numbers by June 30th, 2017.The major grouse of activists is the government’s move to make Aadhaar compulsory for the receipt of state benefits.

      Government sources have opined that Aadhaar enables smooth and transparent disbursal of subsidies to genuinely deserving sections of society.However, activists are up in arms against the notification, which they claim violates a Supreme Court ruling stating public services are not to be denied due to Aadhaar.

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    • Aadhar Card Mandatory To Avail Central Scholarship Schemes

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