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UIDAI – The Unique Identification Authority of India is a government body. UIDAI is created with an objective to issue Unique Identification Numbers UID), which is also known as ‘Aadhaar number’ to all the residents of India. The UIDAI is responsible for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication. It shall also be responsible for operational management for the Aadhar allotments, developing policies, processes and system for the issue of the Aadhar number along with adhering to strict security of the identity of the individuals. The first Aadhar number was issued in September 2010 to a resident of Maharashtra. The Authority has issued more than Rs 124 crore Aadhaar numbers so far to the residents across India.
The Unique Identification Authority of India is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). Prior to its establishment as a statutory authority, UIDAI was functioning as an attached office of NITI Aayog. Vide its gazette notification, the government revised the allocation of business rules to attach the UIDAI to the MeitY.
|Full form of UIDAI:||Unique Identification Authority of India|
|Establishing Date:||12 July 2016|
|Under Ministry:||Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY)|
|CEO of UIDAI:||Shri Pankaj Kumar|
Intending to set up a robust system to eliminate duplicate/fake identities cost-effectively, supported by verification and authentication, the government introduced the Aadhaar. The Aadhaar is a unique identification number to be issued to all residents of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India was created to issue Unique Identification Numbers (UID) under Aadhaar to all the residents of India. Under the Aadhar Act 2016, the Unique Identification Authority of India is responsible for the Aadhaar enrolment and authentication, including operation and management of all stages of the Aadhaar life cycle, developing the policy, procedure and system for issuing Aadhaar numbers to individuals, perform authentication, and ensure the security of identity information and authentication records of individuals.
In an ongoing process of linking all the identity cards (driving license, PAN, voter ID, passport) and accounts (bank accounts, mobile numbers, etc.) with the Aadhaar, the government is mandating the linkage in a phased manner. Currently, it is mandatory to link the PAN and the bank account with the Aadhaar. The UIDAI provides services relating to Aadhar online as well as offline. The services range from updating the details of the registered person, to correction of data and checking the status of requisitions raised. For availing these services offline, one may visit an enrolment centre with the required documents and have their issues resolved.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has released a mobile app known as mAadhaar, which can be downloaded from your Google Play Store. The following services are offered through this mAadhaar app:
Let’s look at the steps on how to create a profile in this app?
The mAadhaar app also provides the following benefits:
In addition to the services offered, the Unique Identification Authority of India also plays an important role in ensuring confidentiality, good governance, and developing methods to provide a more robust system. Some places where the UIDAI plays a vital role are:
At the core of the system, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has two procedures:
The DDGs are supported by Assistant Directors General (ADGs), Deputy Directors, Section Officers and Assistant Section Officers. The HQ has a total sanctioned strength of 127 officers and staff members, including the accounts and IT branches. Each of the regional offices is headed by a Deputy Director General (DDG) and the support structure comprises of assistant directors general, deputy directors, section officers, assistant section officers, senior accounts officer, accountant and personal staff.
Grievances at UIDAI are received through the following modes:
The UIDAI has released a new app for android and IOS users to enable Aadhaar holders to download their Aadhaar card on mobile phones and keep it handy. The app is known as the mAadhaar app. The latest version of the mAadhaar app has two major sections:
To prevent misuse of Aadhar number, the (UIDAI) Unique Identification Authority of India provides a feature to lock their biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scan
|Office by Region||State or Union Territories covered|
|Mumbai||Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu|
|Delhi||Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan|
|Bengaluru||Kerala, Tamil Naidu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Karnataka|
|Chandigarh||Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh|
|Guwahati||Tripura and Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam|
|Hyderabad||Andaman and Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh|
If you have lost/misplaced your Adhaar card. Not to worry. You can get a duplicate Aadhar card by downloading the PDF/ e-Aadhaar online by visiting UIDAI website and accessing Adhar online services.
The Aadhaar card/number is valid for life.
No, Adhar enrolment is a one-time physical procedure that can be done at any Aadhaar enrolment centre. To find Aadhar enrolment centre near you, visit UIDAI website and search Aadhaar enrolment centre.
Aadhaar is a unique identification number that enables each resident of India with the following: