UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), is a Central Government agency that issues Aadhar cards to the citizens of the country. The UIDAI India was set up as an attached office of the Planning Commission.
It is now proposed to be set up as a statutory authority by the name of “National Identification Authority of India” upon passage of the National Identification Authority of India,Bill 2010.
This article aims are simplifying your understanding about Aadhar and the Purpose of UIDAI, and how it was formed and how it functions to ensure the Aadhar process is carried out easily and smoothly for every citizen of India.
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Formation of UIDAI India: A brief History, Purpose
Unique identification project was originally conceived by the Planning Commission as an initiative to provide identification for each resident across the country. This identity would subsequently become the basis for:
- efficient delivery of welfare services; and
- effective monitoring of various programs and schemes of the Government.
In 2006, the concept of a unique identification was first discussed. At the same time, the Registrar General of India was involved with creation of the National Population Register and issuance of Multi-Purpose National Identity Cards to the citizens. Later, with the approval of the Prime Minister, an empowered group of Ministers (EGoM) was formed to collate the two schemes – the National Population Register under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Unique Identification Number project of the Department of Information Technology. In pursuance of the EGoM’s fourth meeting, the UIDAI was constituted and notified by the Planning Commission on 28 January 2009 as an attached office under the aegis of Planning Commission. The UIDAI was given the responsibility to lay down plan and policies to implement Aadhar scheme.
Recently, UIDAI India has been shifted to the administrative control of the ministry of communication and information technology from Niti Aayog.
Official sources have said that the decision to shift UIDAI from Niti Aayog, which has replaced Planning Commission, has been done as per the government’s ambitious ‘Digital India’ programme since Aadhaar numbers are being linked with several services.
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UIDAI India Website:
The official website of UIDAI is a one-stop solution for all issues pertaining to Aadhar. A few key sections from the website are briefly described as below.
- One can find details about UIDAI India such as UIDAI Background, organization details about UIDAI, strategies used in creating awareness and communication about Aadhar, etc.
- The site has a broad overview of Aadhar. Information regarding UID brand, Aadhar usage and enrolments, aadhar seeding and its applications, the operation model being followed, etc. are provided. The site also has a dedicated Authentication portal which details the user about the benefits of authentication. For instance, the site helps the user to know more about Direct Benefit Transfer (what is it, how it is done and so on).
- The UIDAI website has a tab named “Resident” which gives valuable information about Aadhar, how and where to enroll and caters to enquiries / grievances. The Resident Portal acts a kiosk to help the people in getting aadhar/ e-aadhar, updation and verification of aadhar data and biometric locking.
- It also helps the individual in locating an enrolment centre, booking an appointment, checking aadhar status and all related concerns.
- Particulars about Registrar like engagement of registrars, enrolments, providing training for the process of enrolment, seeding and authentication, etc. can be found in the UIDAI website.
- Click here to know more about Enrolment Progress. This link directs to the portal that provides a graphical summary aadhar generation progress.
- Information about Aadhar technology, Biometric devices used, UID Documents, archives and other relevant data can be found under the Resource Center section.
- As per section 8(I) (J) of RTI Act, 2005, only the resident to whom the data relates can seek the information. Resident can obtain status of Aadhaar generation/number from UIDAI Website by furnishing the EID number. he resident can also access the electronic version of the Aadhaar letter i.e. E-Aadhaar from the Resident portal by furnishing the EID number along with demographic information.
The UIDAI is a complete guide for all information about Aadhar. The UIDAI website is very user-friendly, thus enabling people to gain easy access to aadhar resources. It is highly comprehensive and addresses most of the issues raised by the citizens. Please check the FAQs section for more details on UIDAI and Aadhar.