Aadhar is a 12-digit unique identification number assigned to every resident of India. There seems to web of hype and apprehension spinning around Aadhar number and its practical applications. Aadhar card registration processes can be found to be going in full swing across the country. Already more than 100 crore Indians possess an Aadhar Card which is a tremendous achievement by the Government in providing a valid identity document to residents in every nook and corner of the country. The following article will tell you why you should take up Adhar Card Registration right away.
Why Adhar Card Registration is very important:
The launch of Adhar number and its practical usage has started to benefit all the players in the hierarchy of Service Delivery and the Social Welfare Programs.
From the Government’s point of view, Aadhar number provides for better reach and targeting by ensuring inclusion of those without proper ID proofs. At the same time, it helps the Government to utilize scarce development funds more effectively.
From the standpoint of Industries/Enterprises (Telcos, Banks, Insurance, Oil & Gas companies), Aadhar linked bank accounts can prevent subsidy leakages and enable direct subsidy transfers using Adhar number. Also y enhanced customer verification reduces the associated transaction frauds.
Finally, from the resident’s point of view, Aadhar number has made them receive Full Eligible Welfare Payments directly from the government without any delay. Residents can save travel time and money since they shall be able to conduct financial transactions from any micro ATM near their home using Adhaar linked bank accounts. Any fraud related to benefits being siphoned off by an intermediate imposter can be completely eliminated by using Aadhar number.
Here’s why Adhar Card Registration is beneficial for all:
The following section gives a brief account of the importance of Adhar card which is why you must get your Adhar Card registration done immediately:
A Personal Identification Document:
- Beneficiary confirmation: Various social sector programs require that beneficiaries be confirmed before delivery of the service. To ensure that the service reaches the targeted common users, Aadhar enabled service delivery is very helpful. Examples include, Subsidized food and kerosene delivery to PDS beneficiaries, Health service delivery to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna beneficiaries, Registering job applications by NREGS beneficiaries etc.
- Attendance tracking: Identity authentication can be used for attendance tracking. Examples include programs such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (for students and teachers), NREGS where wages / outlay are linked to actual number of days the beneficiary reports for the program.
- Financial transactions: Banks can authenticate a customer using Aadhaar as well as bank-related identity information (account number/user id along with password/OTP, etc.) before enabling banking transactions such as funds transfer, funds withdrawal, etc.
As KYC Credentials:
- Know-Your-Customer for services: By using Adhar authentication, the service provider can verify identity and address of the applicant for enrolling a new customer or opening a new account for an individual. For instance, issuance of a new PAN Card, telephone connection, bank account or an internet service account for an online business can use Adhar authentication to reduce KYC costs.
- General Proof of Identity: To put an end to the increasing number of impersonation cases, customers/ subscribers can authenticate themselves using Aadhar authentication as it establishes the real identity of the person who subscribes or does a transaction. For example, residents can authenticate themselves using Adhar for standard security related requirements such as entry to airports, hotels etc.; as identity proofs in various examinations (such as medical, engineering entrance etc.)
As a unifying document for rolling out lot of benefits:
Adhar number has been seen as a common identifier to link related databases. The following are some of the relevant applications:
- Healthcare and patient records database (local, regional and national level).
- Credit bureaus for customer rating information.
- National skills registry and enable tracking of individuals through the lifecycle.
- Large entities that need to implement single customer view across services provided such as banks, insurance companies.
- As we know, subsidies like LPG etc can be rolled out directly to the beneficiaries.
- State-wise view of residents across the welfare schemes. This can be the number of schemes accessed by resident; or potential linkage of Janani Suraksha Yojana, Integrated Child Development Services or Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to track health and education for every child and so on.
Here are some more application of Aadhar Card:
- Microsoft working on Aadhar Linked Skype Accounts
- Janunnati Tablet to be the first Aadhar Enabled Tablet
Apart from the above, companies like Samsung and others are also working on integrating Aadhar data to their devices. Soon ATMs would give out cash using Aadhar Data without the need for ATM cards.
We will update this space with the recent developments on this front.
How to Register for Aadhar Card?
The Adhar number issued to every resident of India helps in streamlining the welfare services delivery of the Government. The UIDAI has provisions for online as well as offline Adhar card registration to help the residents.
Offline Adhar Card Registration:
The following are the steps to be followed for doing Adhar card registration offline:
- Visit an authorized Adhar Enrolment Center along with documents for Proof of identity, Proof of Address and Proof of age – See the list of valid /acceptable documents here.
- Fill in your details in the Enrolment Form available there
- Submit the form along with the proof documents
- Your biometric data (iris and finger-print scanning) will be collected. Your photograph will also be taken
- The enrolment personnel will carry out a series of checks to determine the correctness of the data you had provided. This is your chance to make corrections (for example, spelling mistakes) if any.
- You will be given an acknowledgment slip with an Enrolment Id printed on it. This slip must be maintained carefully for future references
- Once the Adhar card registration is successfully done, you will receive an SMS on your registered mobile number and/or email notification to your registered email id.
Online Adhar Card Registration:
Do note that a part of the process needs to be completed offline.
The following are the steps to be followed for doing online Adhar Card registration:
- Check if your locality is listed for online enrolment. You can click here to know the same
- After confirming that your locality is available for online enrolment, you can book an appointment for Adhar card registration. Click here to locate an enrolment center near you.
- Visit the enrolment center along with a Proof of Identity and Proof of documents in original
- Fill up the details in the enrolment form (available at the center or can be downloaded online)
- The rest of the process is similar to the offline registration where your biometric information will be collected and then data verification will be done
Note: Details such as your Name, Date of Birth, Pin code and Mobile number must be provided correctly and you must ensure in the subsequent checks that these are completely correct. This is because, these particulars will be required post-enrolment for checking Aadhar card status, downloading your e-Aadhar and so on.
Click here to read more about How to apply for Aadhar Card.
A resident’s Adhar card has his/her personal information along with the biometric data which makes it unique from other important identity documents of our country. Thus, it is high time that you register for an Aadhar Card because Aadhar has set the basis for an infrastructure based on universal identity which can be used as proof for any application that is based on identity of an individual.
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