Aadhaar Card has a 12-digit unique identification number issued by The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY)
The Aadhaar project was initiated as an attempt towards having an individual, unique identification document or number that would obtain all the details, including demographic (date of birth, gender, address) and biometric (fingerprints and retina scans) information, of every Indian citizen.
Aadhaar is not meant to replace other identification documents like PAN, passport, driving license etc. However, it can be used as a single identification document. Many financial and telecom companies also use it as a Know-Your-Customer (KYC) verification mode and to maintain profiles.
Aadhaar Card is a government project to help people to avail the benefits of government subsidies and government schemes
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Brief History of Aadhaar Card
In 1999 after the Kargil war the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government set up an inquiry to find out the intelligence failure during the war. This inquiry committee was chaired by K Subramanyam that suggested restructuring of Indian intelligence.
In the year 2000, there was a report from the committee that suggested that citizens near the borders must be issued identities. It was a move to strengthen Indian intelligence. In 2001 a group of ministers headed by L.K Advani accepted the recommendation for an id card. The report suggested a multipurpose id card project that needs to get started soon.
Two years after in 2003 the citizenship amendment bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by LK Advani. There was a clause in the bill that said the central government may compulsory register every citizen in India and issue a national identity card.
In 2009, the planning commission issued a notification to establish a department called the unique identification authority of India (UIDAI). In the same year in 2009, Nandan Nilikani who was the co-founder of Infosys was made the chairman of this newly formed body called UIDAI.
In April 2010 the UIDAI started its program called the Adhar enrollment process and started providing training programs to the personnel who were involved. As of now more than 1 billion and 115 million Adhar numbers have been issued and linked to every possible subjects. From the beginning of the project in 2009 till date the government has spent a total of 8807 crore rupees on the Adhar budget.
The Supreme Court of India 0n March 27, 2017 ordered that the government cannot be stopped from using Adhaar identification for its non-welfare schemes like opening of bank accounts, filing of tax returns, verification of new and existing mobile phone numbers and user credentials etc. Many citizens have expressed their doubts and misconceptions about the Aadhaar Card. The court has also maintained that the government cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes and it has allowed the government to use it in some schemes, not permitted to be used as a mandatory requirement.
List of some government subsidies where Aadhaar is made mandatory includes:
- supplementary nutrition program
- crop insurance benefits for farmers
- welfare schemes under Integrated Department of Horticulture
- National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme and Janani Suraksha Yojana, National Mission for Empowerment of Women.
- Integrated Child Development Services of the Ministry of Women and Child Development
- Central scholarship and financial support given under National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship
- e-panchayat training benefits
- Soil Health Management Scheme and Soil Health Card Scheme
- Maternity Benefit Programme and Integrated Child Protection Scheme make Aadhaar Mandatory.
- Mid Day meal benefits.
- Mandatory Aadhaar for disabled children between 6-14 years and are eligible for benefits under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
- Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for women below poverty line.
- Aadhaar made compulsory to file Income Tax returns or applying for PAN. PAN will also need to be linked to Adhaar.
About Aadhaar Card
The word Adhaar in Hindi refers to “base” or “foundation”. The national ID Card proposal in India was initialized by K.Subramanyam in 1999 and the logo and the brand name “Aadhaar card” was launched by Nilekani in 2010.The main idea behind it was not only to have the basic information about an individual but also to ensure grass root level development in the country. There have been a number of cases when the benefits of government schemes does not reach the section of the society for which it was meant for. Thus to ensure that the targeted section gets empowered, the government of India has initiated a project of unique identification of every individual through “Aadhaar card”. In many countries around the world, a unique identity system is used whereby each citizen receives a number that holds all details validating to their identity under it. Likewise, Aadhar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY).
Today more than 1 Billion and 116 million Aadhaar cards have been issued with the highest number issued in Uttar Pradesh followed by Maharashtra and Bihar.
Details of Aadhaar Card
The Aadhar Card along with the card number displays the basic details of the person. These details include:
- The name of the person.
- The Adhaar number.
- A photograph.
- The address of the person, as per the records.
- The person’s date of birth.
- The person’s gender.
- A barcode that represents the Adhaar number itself.
Eligibility Criteria for Adhar Card
The Aadhaar card provides a universal identity to person that he or she can use anywhere in India. However, this card does not equate to Indian citizenship. It is available for both resident Indians as well as non-resident Indians and even foreigners residing in India.
The specifics of Adhaar eligibility are:
- Any citizen of India can apply for this card.
- Children below the age of 3 years need not apply for Aadhaar.
- Non-resident Indians can also apply for the card.
- Foreigners who are residing in India can also take the Aadhaar Card.
How to Get an Aadhar Card
The Aadhar card is absolutely free. However, one cannot apply for an Aadhar card online. Citizens can only book an appointment online for an Aadhaar centre.
Documents Required for Aadhar Card
A person needs to be physically present and must go to the Adhaar center allotted to him and must carry proof of his identity like: –
- Drivers license
- Identity cards issued by the government
- Birth certificates
- SSLC certificates
- PAN cards
- Voter identity card
A comprehensive list of documents can be found here
Fee for Aadhr Card
The Aadhar card form is absolutely free. One can get as many Adhar cards forms as they want from the Adhaar card center or download as many as forms he or she likes from the internet.
In case the Adhaar cards gets lost a person can get a duplicate Adhar card by simply downloading a copy of the Adhar card. E- Aadhaar and Adhar are the same thing. The only difference between them is that while the Aadhaar card is a document sent to you via mail by UIDAI, the e-Aadhar is the same document that you can get online.
Objectives/Use of Aadhaar Card
It is the simplest way to describing who you are. It contains all the basic details of a person. It contains both your biometric information as well as your demographic information.
The government of India provides a number of subsidies for certain section of the society. Most of these schemes have made Adhar card mandatory. This is done to ensure that such programs are not misused and those who needs it gets it.
Many companies use Aadhar as Know your customer’s verification mode. For example, you need Aadhaar to open a bank account, for booking e-tickets, for availing LPG subsidies, applying for scholarship in state or central university, or while applying for a passport.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs about Aadhaar Card)
Recent Updates about Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar Linking – 5 Important Dates to Keep in Mind
The Aadhaar which is issued by the UIDAI has declared 5 deadlines dates to link Aadhaar with the SIM Card, Permanent Account Number (PAN), Financial institutions…Read more
Aadhaar to be linked with Driving License
On 15th September, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced that soon Aadhaar will be linked to one’s driver’s license…Read more
m – Aadhaar to be a valid ID proof for travellers in Indian Railways
On 13th September, Ministry of Railways decided to consider m – Aadhaar (Aadhaar card on the mobile app) as a proof of identity for the travelers in any reserved class…Read more
Last Date to Link Aadhaar with PAN extended to 31st December
The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN to file income tax return was 31st August, which has been extended to December 31st now…Read more
A timeline of Aadhaar Privacy Case
The historic judgment came from Supreme Court that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution…Read more
Aadhaar will be Mandatory for Equity Market Transactions – SEBI
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has announced that Aadhaar Card will be a mandatory requirement for all Financial Market transaction and all Demat Account holders should update their Aadhaar Numbers by 31st Dec, 2017. Read more here https://rupeenomics.com/aadhaar-made-mandatory-stock-market-transactions/
Aadhaar Card Required for Death Certificates
Recently there were rumours that Aadhaar of the deceased will be mandatory for registration of death and obtaining the death certificate. You can check for more details here – Aadhaar number required for death registration
Aadhar Enrollment in Bank Premises
After amending the Prevention of Money Laundering Act(PMLA), the finance ministry has made it mandatory to link all bank accounts to Aadhar after verification. Customers are required to link their Aadhaar with their bank accounts by December 31, if not their accounts will be rendered invalid and will be blocked and access to their access to their account will be allowed only after they link their Aadhar card with their bank account. In order to make these huge tasks smooth and hassle-free the government has asked all banks (private as well as public) to start the enrollment process of their customers for an Aadhar card within the bank premises.
Earlier only public banks were authorized to become UIDAI registrars but with a new amendment on Aadhar regulations 2016, all banks marked in the scheduled list are authorized to enroll people for Aadhar. While all the bank branches would not be providing Adhaar enrollment, customer seeking help for Aadhar enrollment will be directed towards the nearest enrollment centre. It must be noted that banks did provide this facility online to the customer before but still there were a number of people who did not apply for Aadhaar or who did not update his/her Aadhaar card. In such a case, customers can visit their nearest bank branch authorized for this role and apply for an Aadhar card or Aadhar card updates.
Now, get your PF claims within 5 days if applied online with Aadhaar
Your provident fund claims will now be processed within 5 days if you apply online and have your Aadhaar number seeded with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO).
Link Adhaar Card with IRCTC
The Railways will soon move towards Aadhaar-based online ticketing system to prevent touts from blocking a bulk of tickets, end fraudulent bookings and curb cases of impersonation.
Aadhar Card likely to be required for NEET 2017
According to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the use of Aadhar for the students appearing for NEET-2017 will be the proof of the accuracy of an applicant’s details.
Soon, You Might Have to Prove Your Identity Before You Recharge Your Phone In India
With the rising digital fraud in India, the court has asked the Indian government to make it mandatory for the prepaid phone to prove/disclose their identity before they can recharge their phone numbers with credit.
Adhar Card to be linked with University Degrees Certificates
To try and curb fraud university degrees and certificates in future, the University Grants Commission (UGC) is thinking to link the Aadhaar card number and publish the student’s picture on the degree/certificate from next year.
Center Government to launch exclusive scheme for women entrepreneurs With Aadhar Card
The Centre will soon begin an elite scheme for women entrepreneurs, as per BH Anil Kumar, Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Aadhaar linkage deadlines are near and deadline for submitting KYC (Know Your Customer) details to PPIs (Prepaid Payment Instrument) such as Paytm, MobiKwik, etc was on 28th Feb 2018. The initial deadline for the wallets was December 31st, 2017, which was later extended to February 28, 2018.
The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) refused to extend the deadline any further and says
However, assurance has been given by the authority that if someone fails to meet the given deadline, they would not lose money in their mobile wallets
He further added that
How to reactivate e – wallet
Once the customer provide their Aadhaar details which is a part of KYC (Know Your Customer) process, they can enjoy full services of their mobile wallets.
The process for most e – wallets is almost the same: you open the app and type your registered mobile number and you will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number and put the OTP and you will be able to upload your Aadhaar details.
In case of Paytm, people can either visit a nearest Paytm KYC centre or schedule a visit from a Paytm representative after uploading Aadhaar details on the app.
However, PPIs apparently find the KYC requirement a challenging job as they fear business loss if stricter guidelines are implemented with majority customers sticking to minimum KYC.
The Supreme Court of India on March 27,2017 ordered that the government cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar identification for its non-welfare schemes like opening of bank accounts, filing of tax returns, verification of new and existing mobile phone numbers and user credentials etc. Many citizens have expressed their doubts and misconceptions about the Aadhaar card. The court has also maintained that the government cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes and it has allowed the government to use it in some schemes, not permitted to be used as a mandatory requirement.
There are two types of Aadhaar forms. The first is the enrolment form and the second if you want to make any changes to the details provided.
Aadhaar Enrollment Form
By filling this form you will finish the first step towards achieving your Aadhaar card. While filling up this form a person should provide the following information
- Your name, date of birth, address and contact information.
- Parent’s if the person who has applied is below the age of 5 years.
- In the following two sections you are required give permission to UIDAI on your bank details, consent for inclusion in welfare schemes and linking bank accounts to Aadhar.
- The Aadhaar enrollment requires the submission of a number of documents like Proof of Address, Proof of Identity and the document related with it. In the next section you need to choose how you would like to verify that information.
- In case you do not have a proof of identity or address, then you use the identity proof of an introducer or the head of your family.
- You will also have to attest the form, as will your introducer/HOF, if you don’t have the required documents.
Aadhaar Correction/Updation Form
In case of any mistakes or changes (eg change in address, name, mobile number), a person must fill in the correction form. The following details must be provided in this form
- Indicating which piece of information needs to be changed.
- Details of the information that will need to be changed. For example, if the name needs to be corrected then you will provide the name that it needs to be changed to.
- The form can also be filled in English and in your local language.
- Once again you will have to mention the documents that you intended on submitting as proof.
- The last thing to do will be to attest the form and send it to the addresses mentioned on the form.
To know more about Aadhaar Registration Please visit the official website at https://uidai.gov.in/
While the Aadhaar card was initially granted only to Indian residents, the central government has now made a provision to issue the same to Non Resident Indians (NRI) as well. The card comprises of a 12-digit number unique to every individual.
As per the Aadhaar Act 2016, only a resident who has resided for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrollment is eligible for Aadhaar.
This move was considered important not only to keep a count on the demographic profile of the country but also acts as a unique card comprising of biometric as well as identity and address proof of every Indian citizen.
Steps To Apply For An Aadhaar Card
The Aadhaar enrollment is a very simple and a hassle free process. The process is same for both Indians as well as Non Indian Residents (NRIs). Application for an Aadhaar card should meet the following steps:
- The first step is to enroll yourself for an Aadhaar. This is done by filling in the enrollment form in any Aadhaar enrollment centre anywhere in this country. You can locate your nearby Aadhaar centre by visiting the official UIDAI website
- After successful enrollment an acknowledged slip will be provided for your future use. In case you have lost your slip in can retrieve the same in the official website of UIDAI. This will require your mobile number registered at the time of enrollment.
- To check your Aadhaar status all you need to do is visit the official UIDAI website, click the “enroll and get Aadhaar option”. After this click on to “check Aadhaar status” option. This will redirect you to a page wherein you will have to fill your 28-digit enrollment id. The 28 digit enrollment id comprises of your 14 digit enrollment number provided at the top of your acknowledgment slip and 14 digit date and time (dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss) of your enrollment.
- Finally, you need to fill in the security code provided in the captcha in the right hand side.
Procedure To Fill The Enrollment Form
The procedure to apply for an Aadhaar card is same for both NRIs as well Indian citizens.
Steps to fill in the enrollment form: –
There are all total 12 columns in the form. A step by step guideline to fill the form is provided below: –
- Pre enrollment id – This is not a mandatory field. If you want to provide your demographic data online to UIDAI you can visit their official website and after filling in your details you will be provided with a pre enrollment id. You may provide this number in this column
- NPR receipt/TIN number – This refers to national population survey slip or Tax Identification number. This is again not a mandatory field
- Full Name – Here you should mention your full name, I.e., your first name, your middle name and your surname. Your name should match with the name that provided in your identity proof document
- Gender – Here you will have to identify your gender as male, female or Transgender
- Age – If you are not sure about your age, you can provide your approximate age. If you do not have any documents to prove your age, then click on the declared box and if you have the documents to prove your age then click the verified box
- Address – Here you need to provide your address. Your address should match the address that you have provided in your address proof document. Along with your address, you also need to provide your mobile number and email id
- Details of family members – this is not a mandatory column for adults but it is compulsory for children below the age of 5. Parents should provide their names and Aadhaar numbers.
- Consent – By giving your consent you will allow UIDAI to share the information that you have provided to the public service agencies
- Doc provided – In the column “for document based”, it is mandatory to provide your Proof of Identity and Proof of Address. The proof of date of birth is mandatory you have selected the verified box in the date birth field. Proof of relationship document is mandatory if you are using an introducer or a head of the family to enroll for an Aadhaar card (e.g.: -passport, pension card, marriage certificate etc.)
- Introducer/head of the family – In case a person does not have any proof of Address or proof of identity than he or she will have to fill in the credentials of the head of the family
- Signature – Here the applicant will have given his/her signature, name or thumbprint to authenticate the form.
Documents Required for Aadhaar Card for NRIs
1)Documents that establish your identity as a Non Residential Indian (NRI)
5)Documents linking your connection with the country where they hold green card/residency (this will be verified by officials to see whether or not you are eligible for Aadhaar card)
The full list of documents is given below.
Finger Tip Scanning
After successful submission of your enrollment form, you will be called for your fingertip scanning where all of your ten fingers will be scanned. This is done to ensure that your biometric data is unique. For this, you will have to personally visit the Aadhaar card centre
The iris scanning will be done in the Aadhaar card centre itself. This is done to make sure that your data is not confused with anyone else
This is also done in the Aadhaar centre. A photograph of the applicant is taken by a web camera and is added to the Aadhaar card
After successfully scanning and submitting all the documents, the authorities takes a minimum of three months to produce an Aadhaar card. You can check the status of your Aadhaar card in the official website of UIDAI.
Now getting registered for a marriage is a few clicks away for the couples. The couples who are willing to get married under the Special Act 1954, the Government has recently introduced the Aadhaar – Based online facility for the process and thus making it be mandatory. With this online process, the best part is that there is no need of a lawyer or middlemen in the tehsil office to get the marriage certificate issued.
Brajesh Pathak, the State Minister for Law and Justice said that
To get your marriage registered, the user has to login to igrsup.gov.in. The applicant couple (both husband and wife) must have an Aadhaar Card with their mobile numbers. After the filling of the form, a One-Time Password is sent for the access to the payment gateway.
Once the payment is done (Rs 10 within the first month of the marriage and Rs 20 if more than 30 days have passed) an acknowledgment receipt is provided and the copy of the marriage certificate can be downloaded. The process includes Biometric Authentication. Thousands of people have actually used this facility and have been successfully implemented.
The Law Commission of India has recommended that the marriage registration has been made compulsory within 30 days of the wedding, with no exemption to any religious community. The Panel has also decided severe punishments for those who do not follow the rules and for those who have provided the wrong information.
Different camps are organized to help the couples, who have married earlier but have no certificate. The Officials said that UP is well prepared to implement the order and since the system is linked with UIDAI, it will prevent the misuse.
Brajesh Pathak made a statement that
The UP Director General of Unique Identification Authority of India Reema Singh claimed that 100% of the population have their Aadhaar Card. she said