UIDAI has issued over 500 Million Aadhar numbers

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) recently announced that it has issued 510 Mn (51 Cr)  Aadhaar numbers.The flagship programme is generating 1.1 Mn Aadhar numbers each day and is set to complete its mandate of covering 600 Mn population in the next few months.

The first Aadhar number was issued on 29 September 2010, and now over 42% of the population has registered for the same, there were 515 Mn registrations at the time of writing this article. The maximum rise in registrations has been seen this year itself, there has been an increase of approximately 105% from last year till now.

Above is a graph showing the states with the maximum number of Aadhar holders in India. Although this is not an indication of Aadhar penetration as each state has a different population. According to UIDAI ‘Eleven States and Unions Territories now have Aadhaar saturation levels of 75% or above, with several of them such as Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Delhi and Chandigarh at levels above 90%’

One has to commend UIDAI’s work for creating the largest biometric data-base of its kind in the world, and that too when enrollment for Aadhar is voluntary.

Besides being used as a Proof of Identify or Proof of Address, Aadhaar number is a valid ‘know your customer’ (KYC) and ‘electronically know your customer’ (eKYC) for purposes under different domains.

RBI has also accepted Aadhaar number as a second factor of authentication along with “EMV Chip and pin’ for all future deployment of point-of-sale (POS) devices and ATMs. Thus creating convenience for card holders, when it comes to making payments. More than 4 crore Aadhaar number holders have so far linked their bank accounts with Aadhaar, to avail the same service.

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Recently, there was a news of a New York-based technology startup, possibly helping capturing and analysing data related to Aadhaar, in partnership UIDAI. Thereby clearly the organisation is working for more than just creating a user base. Unveiling the insights and stats present in the data generated by Aadar registrations will be useful in better administration of the general public.

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