• Unique Identification Authority of India - UIDAI

    The Unique Identification project was launched by the Planning Commission in order to ensure that each resident of India would receive a unique form of identification. The project was introduced to provide better welfare services to the residents of the country as well as to act as an overseeing entity to monitor a wide range of governmental schemes and programs.

    UIDAI Warns Against The Use Of Plastic Aadhaar Card

    A recent trend has been feeding the frenzy of Indians where they are being misguided by vendors and other outlets to make plastic or PVC smart cards. The Aadhaar issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has warned the citizens to exclude themselves from such activities. If QR codes on the card are printed without proper authorisation, the card is bound to malfunction.

    Moreover, the use of plastic or PVC smart cards also increases the risk of data leakage by the fraudulent parties. The victims are charged an amount of Rs.50 to Rs.300 per service. Such unauthorised services are not only comprehended as a criminal offence but can also put the involved parties in jail.

    The UIDAI has also advised the citizens to refrain from sharing their Aadhaar number or personal details to any unauthorised body. If someone has lost their Aadhaar card, he/she can download the digital version of his/her Aadhaar from the UIDAI website and that too free of cost.

    Services Provides by UIDAI

    The UIDAI provides both online and offline services to the residents regarding all issues related to Aadhaar. One can check UIDAI enrolment centre locations, check status of his/her Aadhaar, update his/her UIDAI Aadhaar data online at the official website. The Unique Identification Authority of India also provides offline services for the same. Anyone can visiting the enrolment centres authorised by UIDAI to check his/her Aadhaar data or voice their issues and concerns.

    Also, the UIDAI is adding new services to its list almost every day for people to check online. The online services available right now are:

    Aadhaar Enrolment Services at UIDAI

    Aadhaar Update at UIDAI

    • UIDAI Address Update Request (Online) 
    • Update at Enrolment Centre 
    • Check UIDAI Aadhaar Status - Updates done at Enrolment Centre/ECMP 
    • Check UIDAI Aadhar Status - Updates done Online

    Aadhaar Services at UIDAI

    Conceptualisation of the Unique Identification  Authority of India

    The unique identification concept first saw the light of day in 2006 after the Department of Information Technology granted approval for the project. In its initial phase it was christened the ‘’Unique ID for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families’’ and was to be executed over the duration of one year by the National Informatics Centre (NIC). Following the approval, a committee was formed in July 2006 to recommend processes required for the maintenance of data collected in the main database of the BPL project.

    This committee then received a report submitted by M/S Wipro Ltd, which outlined how the UIDAI would be linked with the database of electorates. The Committee also took into consideration that an UIDAI Authority would need to be set up under the Planning Commission’s scope with a view to creating a singular identity for the authority as well as achieving the goals outlined for the XI Plan. A proposal was then handed over to the Planning commission on 30th August 2006 for approval.

    During this time, formation of the National Population Register as well as the rolling out of multi-faceted National Identity Cards to all Indian citizens was being carried out by the Registrar General of India.

    A decision was then taken, following the Prime Minister’s approval, to amalgamate both the National Population Register as well as the Unique Identification Number project under an EGoM (Empowered group of Ministers). This group, which was formed on 4th December 2006, was entrusted with taking a final decision after overseeing the processes involved as well as identifying certain important factors that eventually led to the quick and efficient realisation of the project.

    Decisions taken by the EGoM

    The EGoM held a number of meetings at which decisions were taken with regards to setting up of the UIDAI

    On 27th November 2007, the EGoM held the first meeting where it identified the need for the creation of a database that was identity related. The meeting also recognised a requirement for the setting up of a system that would be self-sufficient when it came to updation and maintenance on a daily basis.

    During the second meeting held on 28th January 2008, a plan was devised to amalgamate both the NPR and UIDAI as well as to attain approval for the setup of the UIDAI Authority.

    During the third meeting on 7th August 2008, a proposal was given to the EGoM with regards to the establishment of the UIDAI. This was done to clear the path towards an ultimatum regarding the UIDAI.

    At the fourth meeting held on 4th November 2008, a number of decisions were taken:

    • The UIDAI will be recognised as an executive authority in its initial phase
    • The roles of the UIDAI during this phase was to be limited to database creation
    • The establishment of the database was left entirely up to the UIDAI
    • The UIDAI would work as part of the Planning Commission for a five year period
    • The core of the UIDAI would consist of a workforce of 10 persons at the central level
    • Simultaneous approval with State and Central UIDAI authorities
    • A deadline of December 2009 was set for the UIDAI to begin initial functioning by a select set of users
    • The holding of a meeting where the main structure and staff requirements would be decided upon
    • Following these decisions, the Cabinet Secretary recommended the following:
    • Immediate recognition of the UIDAI
    • The working of the UIDAI to be overseen by a high level advisory
    • Certain authorities to be given the responsibility of overseeing the functioning of the Chief UIDAI Commissioner

    The Formation Of A Core Team

    The Unique Identification Authority of India was eventually set up at the by the Planning Commission at the fourth meeting of the EGoM on 4th November 2008 with a team of 115 officials. At the meeting, the various functions that the UIDAI would have to carry out were finalised and authority was inferred upon the UIDAI with regards to policy implementation, database, updating, operation and maintenance.

    Decisions Taken At The Prime Minister's Council

    On 30th July 2009 the Prime Minister’s Council of UIDAI Authority of India was established. The role of the Council was to act as an advisory to the UIDAI on tasks such as programming, development of different methods and their implementation as well as to ensure that all departments work in tandem with partners and stakeholders.

    The PMs Council arrived at the following decisions:

    • The requirement for a legislative structure
    • Endorsement of the plan across a the board
    • Support with regards to budgetary matters to stakeholders and partners
    • Formulation and establishment of Demographic as well as Biometric standards
    • Approval of the UIDAI Structure
    • Staff Flexibility
    • Deployment and Repatriation of officers
    • Eligibility criteria regarding government accommodation
    • Post broad banding
    • Hiring of professionals
    • Establishment of Global Advisory Councils of PIOs
    • Hiring of interns

    A Cabinet Committee was also set up on October 22nd 2009, to deal with any issues that may arise with the UIDAI as far as its planning, policy making, programming, funding, functioning and other activities are concerned.

    Features of the UIDAI Model

    The main features of the UIDAI Model are:

    • Focus on the poor - One of the main features of the UIDAI Model is its focus on the poorer and economically backward communities of India. It aims to bring a majority of the poorer sections of society under the UID scheme so as to enhance delivery of services to the underprivileged.
    • Resident Enrolment with a thorough and bona fide verification process - In order to avoid instances of fraud and duplication within the UIDAI database, the UIDAI Authority has chalked out a plan to conduct verification of residents by accessing their biometric and demographic details before entering them into the database. Suitable methods will also be in place to ensure parts of the poor populace who do not possess any identification documents will be included in the database without undermining the data collected.
    • Responsibility as a partner - The UIDAI is tasked with collaborating with state and central departments as well as certain agencies from the private sector. These agencies will act as registrars for the UIDAI
    • Flexibility - The model also ensures flexibility as far as issuance of cards, collection of data, verification, processing etc. are concerned.
    • Zero duplication - The model also ensure that the system is designed in such a way so as to avoid instances of duplication of data within the database.
    • Authentication via online means - The UIDAI will ensure that resident’s demographic as well as biometric data can be accessed and compared by the relevant agencies only through strict online authentication
    • Transparency - All data will be available to the public except the Personal Identity Information of a resident
    • Security of Information - Through the use of the latest technology systems, the UIDAI will ensure that all data collated within the database will be safe and secure.

    Role of the UIDAI

    The main roles of the UIDAI are as follows:

    • Utilising the assistance of service providers to help with the development, design and deployment of Aadhaar applications.
    • Issuance of Aadhaar to Indian residents
    • Establish fixed standards with regards to the enrolment of residents as well as the authentication process
    • Recruitment of Registrars and providing approval to agencies dealing with resident enrolment among other things
    • To improve and enhance the objectives of the scheme by providing assistance in terms of service creation dependent on authentication of Aadhaar

    Search UID or EID by Name

    If you have forgotten your Aadhaar Number (UID) or Enrolment Number (EID), then you do not have to worry because the Indian Government has introduced various solutions that will help you find this information online easily.

    People can easily search their UID or EID by Name. To do so, they have to follow a few simple steps.

    • Steps for Searching UID or EID by Name:
    • Visit the Resident Portal of UIDAI and click on ‘Find UID/EID’.
    • Choose UID or EID on the ‘You want to receive your lost’ section.
    • Enter details such as your name, registered mobile number and email id.
    • Enter the security code. The security code is displayed in the Captcha.
    • Click on Get OTP.
    • Once you get the OTP, enter it in the ‘Enter OTP’ section and click on ‘Verify OTP’.
    • An email containing the EID or UID details will be sent on your registered email id. You will receive the details via SMS on your registered mobile number as well.



    News About Unique Identification Authority

    • UIDAI Introduces Digitally-Signed QR Code With Photo On eAadhaar

      The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has introduced a secure digitally-signed QR code with photo on eAadhaar in addition to the existing demographic details. The QR code is essentially a barcode label containing machine-readable information such as the photograph of the individual along with the demographic details. The eAadhaar is the electronic version of the Aadhaar and can be downloaded from UIDAI website. The eAadhaar QR code will enable multiple user agencies such as banks to verify the credibility of the Aadhaar card offline.

      The new feature is a simple offline mechanism to facilitate the verification process with ease. Also, to ensure that a person is the genuine owner of the Aadhaar card, there will be a manual check of photograph with the person’s face or via the use of the agency specific authentication scheme. The reader software of eAadhaar QR code was made available from UIDAI’s website from March 27, 2018.

      In an eAadhaar, the QR code can be seen on the front side of cutaway portion, with the demographic details only, while the large ones on the top portion of the front side and the back contains the demographic details and the photograph. Additionally, to ensure the data is secure and tamper-proof, it will be signed with UIDAI digital signature.

      9 April 2018

    • UIDAI warns public against going for laminated Aadhaar smart cards

      The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has cautioned people having Aadhaar to not go for plastic or laminated smart cards. The directive has come as unauthorised printing could render the QR code dysfunctional  as well as expose personal data without the individual’s consent. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI has stated that the plastic Aadhaar smart card is totally ‘unnecessary and a waste’. The body also cautioned unauthorized agencies from collecting Aadhaar information for printing purposes stating that the downloaded Aadhaar card printed on  ordinary paper is completely valid.

      6 February 2018

    • UIDAI to Include Face Recognition for Verification From July 01, 2018

      Along with IRIS and fingerprint scan, UIDAI has decided to include face recognition feature to add extra level of security to Aadhaar card details. The face recognition will be useful for the disabled and the old people who face trouble in verifying their fingerprints due to growing age or working in industry. The facility will be available from July 01 2018.

      But the authority has also cleared that the face recognition will be done along with any one of these: OTP, fingerprint or IRIS to validate the authentication of the person. No additional photographs are required as the laptops or systems used in the Aadhaar centres have camera attached.

      15 January 2018

    • UIDAI Director Announces No Aadhaar Data Breach

      The UIDAI Director, RS Sharam, has clarified the looming news about the Aadhaar data breach. Sharma has stated that there has been no instance of Aadhaar card data breach so far. The news came soon after there was a report in The Tribune newspaper about the availability of Aadhaar details on whatsapp by paying an amount of Rs.500.

      Sharma also mentioned that having few personal information won’t help someone use individuals Aadhaar card as the Aadhaar contains 12-digit unique numbers and guessing all of them correctly is near to impossible. Also biometric verification is required, which is not possible without anyone’s consent.

      15 January 2018

    • FIR Filed Against Tribune’s Reporter by UIDAI

      The Unique Identification Authority of India has registered an FIR against the Tribune’s reporter Rachna Khaira for allegedly blaming some of the authorities for selling Aadhaar details. The report states that the Khaira has pointed fingers on some of the anonymous sellers for selling demographic details of individuals for mere Rs.500 on whatsapp.

      The FIR is lodged with Crime Branch’s cyber cell under IPC Section 419 and Section 66 of IT Act. UIDAI has sent a notice to the Editor-in-chief of Tribune asking why such fake news was published and also asked them to present a reason behind such action.

      7 January 2018

    • UIDAI Disagrees The Aadhaar Data Breach And Claims To Be A False Report

      The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has denied the AADHAAR data breach and claims that it is the case of a misleading report. The UIDAI has assured that there has been no such issue and the data are completely secure and safe.

      The UIDAI further says that the demographic information can’t be misused without the help of biometrics. The mere availability of the Aadhaar number does not pose any security threat. In fact, the simple 12-digit number is never going to lead to any financial fraud because it will require a successful fingerprint or iris authentication of the respective individual.

      As for the duping or bypassing of the Aadhar system is considered, it is totally unfounded. The UIDAI Data Centers are maintained under critical importance and protected with advanced technology, confirming the highest security standards by authorized provisions.

      4 January 2018

    • Aadhaar Adalat Inaugurated in Udupi for 5 Days

      In Udupi, the Aadhaar Adalat has been launched for five days starting from 26 December to 30 December 2017, in order to help residents enroll for Aadhaar card at ease. Priyanka Mary Francis, the Deputy Commissioner, has inaugurated the Adalat that is organized by e-governance centre and district administration, Bangalore.

      Apart from enrolling for a new Aadhaar card, individuals can make amendments in the Aadhaar details, if required. The Deputy Commissioner stretched that it is a golden opportunity for the people in the locality, which they should not miss.

      27 December 2017

    • UIDAI to Take Strict Against Bharti Airtel

      The unique identification authority of India has ordered a probe against country’s one of the leading telecom operators. It is none other than Airtel. UIDAI, for the convenience, of Airtel customers, has granted Airtel the facility of conducting eKYC for its subscribers until 10 January 2018.

      But, to increase its customer base, while linking Aadhaar and Airtel number, the Airtel retailers has opened Airtel payments bank account. After UIDAI receives any notice from Reserve bank of India and department of telecommunication, it will take due action.

      Abiding by the guidelines, Airtel has sent message to its customers that their direct bank transfer accounts have been reverted to the original bank account. And, so the DBT received in Airtel payment accounts will be reverted to the individual’s bank account.

      21 December 2017

    • UIDAI Pushing Banks to Accelerate the Aadhar Linking Process for New Applicants

      The unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) has sent a notice to all the banks to fasten up the Aadhaar linking process for new account holders. To that end, UIDAI has asked the banks to have iris and fingerprint devices in nearly 10% of the branches.

      In the meantime, the apex court has informed that the new bank account can be opened without an Aadhaar number, but the individual should submit the enrollment number. This will serve as a proof that he has applied for an Aadhaar card. As of now close to 3,000 enrollment centres are set up in the bank branches, across the country, however, it is expected to have almost 14,000 enrollment centers all together.

      15 December 2017

    • UIDAI Upfront about Aadhaar Card’s Security

      Recently, unique identification authority of India (UIDAI), has come upfront to clear all the looming news about the Aadhaar Card’s security. UIDAI has mentioned that Aadhaar Card is completely secure and individuals are supposed to use it in case of availing the benefits of government welfare schemes.

      So far, there has been no data leakage from UIDAI’s website. Under RTI, in nearly 210 websites including central government and state government, the list of beneficiaries were mentioned. However, on receiving the reports of breach UIDAI, ministry of electronics and IT worked together to help the government departments to hide the data.

      UIDAI later clarified that only the presence of demographic information cannot be threating for an individual, as biometric data was not published, which is crucial.

      21 November 2017

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