The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a government body created 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 and issue of Aadhaar cards to citizens. It shall also be responsible for operation management for the Aadhaar allotments, developing policies, processes and systems for the issue of the Aadhaar number, and adhering to strict security of the identity of the individuals.
The first Aadhaar number was issued in September 2010 to a resident of Maharashtra. The Authority has issued more than 135.1071 crore Aadhaar numbers to the residents across India as of 30 November 2022.
30 September 2023: The last date to submit the Aadhaar card as a KYC document for small savings schemes.
30 June 2023: The last date to link Aadhaar with PAN card to prevent PAN from being inoperative.
14 June 2023: The last date to update documents for the Aadhaar card issued 10 years ago free of cost, after which a fee of Rs 50 will be charged.
27 May 2022: The government issued an advisory asking people to share masked Aadhaar copies instead of sharing the original Aadhaar card or their photocopies.
31 December 2021: The last date for employees to link their Aadhaar cards with their Universal Account Number (UAN) to get PF contributions.
30 November 2021: Government Introduces Unique Face Recognition Tech for Pensioners.
8 November 2021: The government allows offline Aadhaar verification for the e-Know Your Customer (e-KYC) process.
13 July 2021: Delhi HC seeks UIDAI, Centre’s response on issuance of new Aadhaar number to existing card holders.
15 May 2021: UIDAI clarified that the Aadhaar number not compulsory to avail Covid treatment or vaccine.
UIDAI is a statutory authority established under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (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:||Dr. Saurabh Garg|
It is the brainchild of Sir Nandan Nilekani, who had the vision to deliver a unique identification number to each Indian, which would eliminate duplicate/fake identities cost-effectively. The government introduced Aadhaar, which also supports verification and authentication. The Unique Identification Authority of India was created to issue a 12-digit Unique Identification Numbers (UID) under Aadhaar to all the residents of India, besides other responsibilities mentioned above.
The primary objective of the UIDAI is to issue a UID for every individual to prevent duplication of identities and for verification and authentication of identity in a cost-effective manner.
The UIDAI provides various services relating to Aadhaar online as well as offline. The following are the services offered by the UIDAI:
Individuals can visit the official UIDAI website to access Aadhaar online services. They can get Aadhaar services offline through Aadhaar enrolment centres or Aadhaar Seva Kendras.
In an ongoing process of linking all the identity cards (driving license, PAN, voter ID, passport) and accounts (bank accounts, mobile numbers, etc.) with Aadhaar card, the government is mandating the linkage in a phased manner. Initially, it mandated to link the PAN and the bank account with the Aadhaar. Now, the government has made it mandatory to link PAN with Aadhaar.
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 app allows you to do the following:
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 UIDAI plays a vital role in ensuring confidentiality, good governance, and developing methods to provide a more robust system. Some places where the UIDAI plays an important role are:
At the core of the system, the UIDAI has two procedures:
The enrolment procedure consists of registrars and enrolment agencies. In coordination with the registrars, the enrolment agencies set up enrolment centres where residents can enrol for Aadhaar. Multiple fingerprint scanners, iris scanners, and cameras certified by the UIDAI are set up and connected to the UIDAI-designed standard Application Programming Interface (API). A registrar is an entity authorised or recognised by UIDAI to enrol individuals. Enrolment agencies are appointed by registrars and are responsible for collecting demographic and biometric information of individuals during the enrolment process by engaging certified operators/supervisors.
The UIDAI has set up a scalable procedure for instant authentication of residents. The Aadhaar authentication ecosystem can handle tens of millions of authentications daily and can be scaled further as per demand. The Unique Identification Authority of India has appointed several Authentication Service Agencies (ASAs) and Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) from various governments and non-government organisations.
The DDGs are assisted 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 regional office is headed by a Deputy Director General (DDG). The support structure comprises assistant director general, deputy director, section officers, assistant section officers, senior accounts officer, accountant and personal staff.
Grievances at UIDAI are received through the following modes:
Grievances can be lodged by calling the toll-free number of the UIDAI - 1947. The grievances are examined and then forwarded online to the concerned officer to dispose/resolve them.
Residents have an option to post their grievances to the headquarter or regional offices of the Unique Identification Authority of India. The grievances are examined and then forwarded in hardcopy to the concerned officer/public grievance officer at UIDAI. The concerned regional office/concerned section disposes of the grievance by replying directly to the complainant under intimation to the grievance cell, UIDAI.
Grievances are received by the UIDAI through the public grievance portal – pgportal.gov.in. Grievances can also be registered on the UIDAI website by entering the required details. The grievances are examined and then forwarded online to the concerned officer to dispose/resolve them.
Grievances can be sent to the following email - firstname.lastname@example.org. The emails are examined and forwarded to the concerned officers. The involved officer disposes of the grievance by replying to the complainant over email under intimation to the grievance cell.
|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|
|Ranchi||West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar|
The use of Aadhaar has increased over the past few years and we use it for multiple cases and rather casually. With fraudulent practices on the rise, we need to be careful and cautious about whom we share our Aadhaar number/card with and how we share them. Our Aadhaar numbers can be used to steal personal information. To add another layer of security and protect all your sensitive and personal information that is linked to your Aadhaar, UIDAI issues Masked Aadhaar.
A Masked Aadhaar reveals only the last four digits and hides or masks the first eight digits of your Aadhaar number. The Masked Aadhaar were being issued since the last 5 years but not many were aware of it. UIDAI recently issued an advisory to increase awareness amongst people and promotethe use of Masked Aadhaar.
If you have lost/misplaced your Aadhaar card. Not to worry. You can get a duplicate Aadhaar card by downloading the PDF/ e-Aadhaar online by visiting the UIDAI website and accessing Aadhaar online services.
The Aadhaar card/number is valid for life.
No, you need to visit the Aadhaar enrolment centre to complete your demographic details to get Aadhaar card. To find the Aadhaar enrolment centre near you, visit the UIDAI website and search for the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre.
Aadhaar is a unique identification number that enables each resident of India with the following: