MHA does a U-turn on Aadhar Scheme, lends full support

A person's Aadhaar number can be used while opening a bank account as it meets the 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) norms of RBI.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: October 26, 2014 3:54 pm

 

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In a complete U-turn from its earlier stand, the Home Ministry has come out in full support of the Aadhaar scheme saying it will facilitate “anytime, anywhere, anyhow” authentication to its beneficiaries.

In a letter to all state governments, the Home Ministry said that since one Aadhaar number is allotted only to one person, it allows universal verification of one’s identity. Aadhaar card also enables the deprived and needy people to access services like banking facilities.

“Since Aadhaar is based on the demographic and biometric information of an individual, it eliminates the threat of any fraud and bogus activity.

“Aadhaar will provide its possessor with universal identification. (It) will facilitate ‘anytime, anywhere, anyhow’ authentication to its beneficiaries (and) be a single source of identity verification,” it said.

The ministry’s stand on Aadhaar is in complete reversal of the position taken by it under two predecessors of Rajnath Singh — Sushilkumar Shinde and P Chidambaram.

During the previous UPA regime, the Home Ministry had raised concerns over the sanctity of the the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)’s database, saying uniqueness of identity was not a necessary condition for ensuring authenticity of identity or genuineness of other entries or records of Aadhaar numbers.

The ministry had raised concerns over supporting documents submitted by people as proof of identity and proof of address for getting an Aadhaar number.

In its latest letter to the state governments, the Home Ministry said that the benefits of Aadhaar are many and it can be used at multiple places to prove one’s identity very easily.

A person’s Aadhaar number can be used while opening a bank account as it meets the ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) norms of RBI. The card can also be used for booking tickets online, applying for passport and at many other places where there is a need to provide some proof of identity.

“Aadhaar will give migrants universal mobility of identity. The government can now provide services and facilities to people, especially in the rural areas, in a more effective manner.

“As more and more government services are going to be linked to Aadhaar, it would be of utility to have an Aadhaar card. Aadhaar will hence help the poor to take the benefits or the facilities provided to them by the government which could not be accessed by (them) earlier. Aadhaar will thus become the simplest way of proving one’s identity,” the ministry said.

Aadhaar and the National Population Register (NPR) are national identity programmes of the government of India. The former is being implemented by UIDAI and the latter by the Registrar General of India under the Home Ministry.

“Both collect biometric data covering 10 finger prints, iris scan of both eyes and a photograph. The identity and address of the resident are also identified during the enrolment process.

“Aadhaar provides a unique identity number to every resident in the country. The NPR database is sent to the UIDAI for Aadhaar de-duplication and generating Unique Identity (UID) numbers,” the Home Ministry said.

The Home Ministry’s letter also said that since a correctional home has a number of inmates who might have missed the enrolment process, it would be of immense utility to offer this service to them as a welfare measure when they are released.

Tihar Jail in New Delhi has also started an enrolment process and received a good response. The enrolment process is entirely voluntary and there is no compulsion involved as in ‘The Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920’.

Moreover, the data collected by UIDAI is not meant for use by the correctional home and is only for the provision of an Aadhaar card to enable the re-integration of the UTP or convict upon release.

Necessary documentation to aid the enrolment process may be facilitated by correctional home authorities.

“It is hence suggested that the local UIDAI authorities should be approached for initiating the enrolment drive in all correctional homes and the prisoners should be briefed adequately as to the benefits of obtaining an Aadhaar card before the start of the drive to remove any misgivings about the process,” the Home Ministry said.

UIDAI was established in 2009 with a mandate to generate  and assign UID numbers to residents of India. Under the UID scheme, enrolment is done by registrars through enrolment agencies, and the government provides outcome-based financial assistance to them.

More than 67.38 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated so far by the UIDAI since August 2010, when the first such card was generated. The total expenditure incurred by UIDAI since its inception is Rs 4,906 crore (as on August 31, 2014).

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    MOHAN PRASAD
    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:38 am
    I wasn't allowed to open S.B.Acct in Corporation Bank, H.S.R. Layout, Bangalore using Aadhar Card & PAN CARD. There is no validity of Government Schemes by Bank Authorities. Why ? ? ?
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      Rationalist
      Nov 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm
      so this was a fraud during the elections?Aadhaar a 'fraud', will review it if voted to power: BJPBANGALORE: The BJP on Tuesday said it would review the Aadhaar programme if it comes to power at the Centre and demanded a CBI probe into the scheme, alleging it regularized illegal stay of migrants in India.Questioning the UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani's claims on Aadhaar's achievements, BJP national spokeswoman Meenakshi Lekhi termed the programme as a "fraud" perpetrated on the people of the country while seeking the probe. "This is a dangerous programme to regularize the illegal stay of migrants in the country. Is Bharat Mata so open to illegal migrants? The Aadhaar is also in contravention of Supreme Court directives. The entire biometric data of people enrolled has been stored outside the country," she said during an interaction with students here. Fielding questions from students hailing from West Bengal and Bihar on Bangladeshi migrants, BJP general secretary HN Ananth Kumar, who is facing Nilekani in Bangalore South parliamentary consuency, said: "If you illegally enter other countries, you are shot at or put in jail. But if anyone illegally enters India, he is given citizenship. This is the contribution of Aadhaar. Half of am is occupied by Bangladeshis. Aadhaar is the biggest fraud in the country." Meenakshi claimed there are over three crore illegal Bangladeshi immigrants spread across the country and allotting Aadhaar numbers to them posed a huge security risk to the nation. "Of 33 members in a parliamentary standing committee, 31 had voted against implementing Aadhaar programme. The apex court too had questioned its credibility. Yet the government went ahead with it," she said.Short of naming Nilekani, Meenakshi also questioned the expenditure incurred on Aadhaar. "A thorough CBI probe is needed on the money spent and why Aadhaar was made mandatory," she said.:timesofindiadiatimes...
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        Rationalist
        Nov 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm
        so this was a fraud during the elections?Aadhaar a 'fraud', will review it if voted to power: BJPBANGALORE: The BJP on Tuesday said it would review the Aadhaar programme if it comes to power at the Centre and demanded a CBI probe into the scheme, alleging it regularized illegal stay of migrants in India.Questioning the UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani's claims on Aadhaar's achievements, BJP national spokeswoman Meenakshi Lekhi termed the programme as a "fraud" perpetrated on the people of the country while seeking the probe. "This is a dangerous programme to regularize the illegal stay of migrants in the country. Is Bharat Mata so open to illegal migrants? The Aadhaar is also in contravention of Supreme Court directives. The entire biometric data of people enrolled has been stored outside the country," she said during an interaction with students here. Fielding questions from students hailing from West Bengal and Bihar on Bangladeshi migrants, BJP general secretary HN Ananth Kumar, who is facing Nilekani in Bangalore South parliamentary consuency, said: "If you illegally enter other countries, you are shot at or put in jail. But if anyone illegally enters India, he is given citizenship. This is the contribution of Aadhaar. Half of am is occupied by Bangladeshis. Aadhaar is the biggest fraud in the country." Meenakshi claimed there are over three crore illegal Bangladeshi immigrants spread across the country and allotting Aadhaar numbers to them posed a huge security risk to the nation. "Of 33 members in a parliamentary standing committee, 31 had voted against implementing Aadhaar programme. The apex court too had questioned its credibility. Yet the government went ahead with it," she said.Short of naming Nilekani, Meenakshi also questioned the expenditure incurred on Aadhaar. "A thorough CBI probe is needed on the money spent and why Aadhaar was made mandatory," she said.:timesofindiadiatimes...
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          sriram Subramanian
          Oct 26, 2014 at 9:45 am
          One of UPA's best ideas. Good that NDA has had maturity not to trash it.
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            Citizen
            Oct 26, 2014 at 1:10 pm
            People and rulers should know governance is a continues process and one should not ditch the others acts/schemes etc unless they can improve on them by amending/sping/altering/bringing in new ideas/acts.All the good things for the citizens/nation should be continued other wise anarchy would prevail. Jaihind
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