Govt proposes laws to allow private companies Verify Aadhaar
the Unique Identifying Authority of India (UIDAI) issues the 12-digit Aadhaar card, a special identifying document. For Indian people, the Aadhaar card provides documentation of identity and address.
People must go to the nearest Aadhaar enrolment center to apply for an Aadhaar card and provide their biometric and demographic information, including their name, date of birth, address, fingerprints, and eye scan. The UIDAI presents the applicant with an Aadhaar card following the verification process.
For many things, like opening a bank account, having a mobile phone connection, applying for government aid and social programs, filing income tax returns, etc., the Aadhaar card has become a requirement. To avoid identity theft or illegal usage, it is essential to maintain the Aadhaar card information safe and secure.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit private identification number that is used as both a means of verifying identity and an individual’s address for residents of India. As of November 30, 2022, the nation’s citizens had received 135.1071 crores of Aadhaar numbers from the government agency responsible for providing them, UIDAI. The government of Modi recently released important information affecting everyone who possesses an Aadhaar card.
Aadhaar Authentication by Private Entities
The Centre plans to expand the use of Aadhaar authentication, which is now simply done by government ministries and departments, to businesses. As of right now, the Aadhaar Authentication for Governance Excellence (Social Welfare, Innovation, Knowledge) Rules, 2020 permit government agencies to use Aadhaar authentication. It is done to promote good governance, stop the theft of public funds, and promote innovation.
However, the Centre released guidelines to permit Aadhaar authentication by entities other than Government Ministries and Departments as part of its solution to make Aadhaar people-friendly and promote ease of living and greater access to services for individuals.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) announced rules on Thursday that will allow private organizations to use Aadhaar authentication for the supply of government benefits, services, and subsidies.
“…to improve ease of living and better access to services, or to use digital platforms to ensure good governance, or to prevent dissipation of social welfare benefits, or to enable innovation and knowledge dissemination,” the ministry stated in a PIB announcement.