Aadhaar is a unique 12-digit identification number that is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Indian government to residents of the country. The main objective or vision of the UIDAI is to empower the residents of India by giving them a unique identity and creating a digital platform to authenticate it. The government has taken efforts to make the Aadhaar application process simple and easy. They have established many enrolment centres across the country where residents can visit and apply.
When a resident choose to apply for an Aadhaar card, he/she is required to furnish few documents like identity proof, address proof, and age proof document. There have been instances where a resident does not have these documents but wishes to apply for Aadhaar. To help people who do not have documents to get an Aadhaar card, the UIDAI has set a new process.
Applying for Aadhar without documents
Residents who do not have the required documents like proof of identity or proof of address to apply for an Aadhaar card can enrol with the help of a pre-designated “Introducer”. An “Introducer” is someone who is authorized, identified, and notified by the Registrar or Regional Offices. An Introducer is allowed to introduce a resident who do not have the necessary documents.
Who are the Introducers?
An Introducer is an individual who is above 18 years of age and who does not have a criminal record. For examples: Introducers can be Registrar’s employees, postmen, teachers, healthcare workers, local NGO representatives, anganwadi workers, elected local body members, registrar’s employees, or doctors. In certain cases, the UIDAI takes the initiative of gathering Introducers to make it easier for the Registrars or residents. Every Introducer will be linked to a particular Registrar. One Registrar can use the same Introducer more than once. However, an Introducer can only introduce residents within the jurisdiction of the Registrar.
Responsibilities of an Introducer
- Every Introducer should attend the workshop on Aadhaar awareness which will be conducted by the Registrar in association with UIDAI. This workshop will help them in understanding their roles and responsibilities better.
- The Introducer will have to give a written consent in the prescribed format that he/she is willing to be an Introducer and will follow the procedure laid down by the UIDAI.
- All Introducers should have received their Aadhaar numbers before introducing residents.
- One of the responsibilities of the Introducers is to make sure their phone number is displayed correctly at the Enrolment Centre.
- The Introducer should make sure they are available to residents during the working hours of the Enrolment Centre.
- Introducer should check the address of every resident and has the power to either approve or reject it.
- To endorse a resident’s enrolment, Introducer has to provide their biometric on Aadhaar client.
- Introducer cannot charge any fees for introducing residents. However, the concerned Registrars has the authority to prescribe and honorarium to Introducers for their work.
One thing to remember, when using the services of an introducer, is that they are to be used only when you need to enrol for Aadhar and you do not have any documents to submit as proof of identity or address. They cannot be used if you have all the relevant documents present.