Aadhaar, the unique identification number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is linked to the demographic and biometric information of individuals, which acts as a universal proof of identity, allowing residents to establish their credentials anywhere in India.
Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016.
Prior to the enactment of the Act, UIDAI functioned as an attached office of Planning Commission (now NITI Aayog) since 28 January 2009. On 3 March 2016, a money bill was introduced in the Parliament to give legislative backing to Aadhaar. On 11 March 2016, the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016 was passed in the Lok Sabha. On 26 March 2016, this Act was notified in the Gazette of India.
Aadhaar is the world's largest biometric ID system, with over 1.167billion enrolled members as of 30 July 2017. As of this date, over 99% of Indians aged 18 and above had been enrolled in Aadhaar. World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer described Aadhar as "the most sophisticated ID programme in world".
Bhaswa is an empanelled agency with UIDAI for enrolling Indian Citizens in the States of UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odissha & Assam, thus assuring access to all the benefits and services meant for them and also helping the Government to achieve its goal of social justice and welfare.
This ID is assigned on the basis of the uniqueness of the resident's biometrics. Accordingly, demographic, fingerprint and iris-related biometric information of each resident is captured which will help to establish the identity of an individual correctly by linking the UID (Aadhaar) number. The objective is to issue a unique identification number (UID) that can be verified and authenticated in a cost-effective manner, and which is robust enough to eliminate the duplicate and fake identities.
The widespread implementation of the UID project needs the reach and flexibility to enroll residents across the country. To achieve this, the UIDAI has partnered with a variety of agencies and service providers (acting as Registrars, Sub-registrars and Enrolling Agencies) to enroll residents for UID.
Bhaswa as an Enrolment Agency aims to help every citizen of India with its wide network of branches spread across the States.
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