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A Brief About Aadhar:
Aadhar Card, as most us know is a 12 digit Unique Identification Number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India [UIDAI] – The Govt. Entity entrusted with the task of carrying out this project. It is well supported for the technological requirements by private enrollment agencies.
The idea behind Aadhar:
The idea behind Aadhar was conceptualized on the basis of a single document which can act as a verified and fool-proof way to be used to determine a person’s identity and details for various Government and Verification purposes. Furthermore, the idea was to make it a single document which can also be linked to various financial and utility services. This would expedite the execution and delivery of these services to the people holding this document – Aadhar Card.
It was based on the idea of Social Security Number – a Unique Number assigned to American Citizens to help them access all government benefits and also acts as a proof of Identity and Address for all practical purposes.
Initial Response to Aadhar:
Former Infosys CEO, Mr. Nandan Nilekani was appointed the Chairman of UIDAI in 2009 by the then in power UPA Government. The drive was initially launched with much fan-fare and saw people standing in queues for long hours to get their Aadhaar Card made.
The reason for the long queues were two-folds. People weren’t aware that the drive would continue just like any other registration process for any other Government of India Document. There was a perception that it was a limited time enrollment process. Moreover, there was also a perception that Aadhar card could be a mandatory document, leading to all the more rush for the enrollment.
The other major factor, contributing to the long queues was that the process was not just a simple one wherein you simply fill a form and you are done. It involves bio-metric scans for your fingerprints and retina as well. Plus the photograph is taken right there directly by the system. All this does require sometime.
This process is however much simplified now, with a lot of online options, including even booking your Aadhar Card Application Appointments online, to avoid unexpected queues.
Aadhar Card Improvements and How it is the simplest and most Valuable Initiative:
After the UPA lost and the BJP led NDA came to power in 2014, there was even further impetus for the Aadhar Program.
Currently the Aadhar number can be obtained by online appointment system. Moreover, in case of loss or damage of an Aadhar Card, a person can simply get an eCopy of the same after verification online. Take a simple printout and it is a perfectly valid document. It is very convenient as it saves a lot of time and efforts of an individual.
A person can also update or rectify any mistake in Aadhar card, direcly online and attach the supporting documents, and they are done.
Apart from the convenience, the Aadhar card is also a document which can be linked to Bank Accounts, LPG subsidies etc to ensure the KYC as well as the benefits are quickly delivered to the individual.