The mandate of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Government of India, is to issue every resident a unique identification number linked to the resident’s demographic and biometric information, which the residents can use for self identification anywhere in India, and to access a host ofpersonal statement vs statement of purpose benefits and services. The number (refer to until recently as the “UID”) has been named “Aadhaar”, with translates into “foundation”, or “support”. Aadhaar can, for example, provide the identity infrastructure for ensuring Financial Inclusion across the country. Banks can link the unique number to a Bank account for every resident, and use the online identity authentication to allow residents to access the account from anywhere in the country. Aadhaar would also be a foundation for the effective enforcement of individual rights.
|WHAT AADHAAR IS||WHAT AADHAAR ISN’T|
|A number (12 Digits)||Another card|
|For every individual, including infants||One per Family|
|Enables identification and is for every resident||Establishes citizenship and is only for Indians|
|Will collect demographic and biometric information to establish uniqueness of individual||Will collect profiling information such as caste, religion, language|
|For every resident irrespective of existing documentation||Only for individual who possess identification documents|
|Each individual will be given a single unique ID number||Individual can obtain multiple AADHAARs|