www.uidai.gov.in UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India is a statutory authority established on 12th July 2016 under the Aadhaar Act of 2016 by the Government of India under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).
Before it was established as a statutory authority, it was functioning as an attached office of NITI Aayog, but since the notification and Aadhaar act of 2016, it is now functioning under MEITY.
Aadhaar and UIDAI
To create a strong and effective system to fight and eliminate fake/duplicate identities in a cost-effective way, the Government of India introduced the Aadhaar Card. Every Aadhaar Card contains an Aadhar Number or Aadhar ID which is unique to every resident of India and is issued to every resident of India.
To make the process of Aadhar issuing smooth and easy, the government established the Unique Identification Authority of India. UIDAI is responsible for all of the matters related to Aadhaar including Aadhar issuing, Aadhar enrolment, and authentication, the establishment of Aadhar policy, procedure and system for issuing Aadhaar numbers to people, verify and authenticate people’s identity information and other related functions.
Functions of UIDAI
Aadhar acts as a Proof of Identity for people and the government is trying to link all the identity cards and accounts with Aadhaar including PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Driving License, Bank Accounts, etc.
Government is trying to do all this in a step-by-step manner and currently, it is mandatory to link both the PAN and bank accounts with the Aadhar Card and the deadline for linking Aadhar to PAN is September 30th, 2019. All the PAN Cards not linked within that time frame will be deactivated!
The UIDAI provides all services related to Aadhar Card online as well as offline. These services include updating the information in the Aadhar Card, correcting the data in Aadhar card, check out the status of Aadhar /Update request. To avail these services online, you can visit UIDAI Official Website – www.uidai.gov.in or to avail them offline, visit an enrolment center nearby.
Role of UIDAI
The UIDAI is responsible for all the matters related to Aadhar and it is their job that the Aadhar System is robust and smooth and the people are provided all the facilities with ease. All the responsibilities lie on the UIDAI and here are some of the places where it plays an important role:
- To develop Aadhar Policy, procedure, and system for issuing unique Aadhaar Number to individuals who submit their applications by providing the required information including demographic and biometric information.
- To ensure the security and confidentiality of all the information of the individuals such as identity, biometric and authentication.
- To ensure availability, scalability, and resilience of the technology infrastructure.
- To ensure that all the agencies and individuals comply by the Aadhaar Act.
- To make rules and regulations according to the Aadhaar Act for carrying out different provisions.
System Procedure of UIDAI
Enrolment and Update
The enrolment system and procedure consist of different enrolment agencies and registrars. The enrolment agencies in coordination with registrars set up enrolment centers at different parts of the world where residents of India can enroll for Aadhar. These agencies are appointed by registrars who collect demographic and biometric information of individuals that apply for Aadhar,
Multiple fingerprint scanners, iris scanners, and cameras, certified by the UIDAI are set up in these agencies and are directly connected to UIDAI for verification.
The Aadhar system handles over millions of authentications on a daily basis and can be scaled up as per the demand. The UIDAI has appointed different Authentication Service Agencies (ASAs) and Authentication User Agencies (AUAs) that are from various Government and non-Government organizations.
UIDAI Contact Center
The UIDAI’s consists of a Contact Center which is for handling different queries related to the enrolment of Aadhar, its updation, and other related services. When a resident goes to an enrolment center then he is given an acknowledgment slip for registering the complaint. To follow up for the status of the complaint, the resident can find through the acknowledgment slip.