NEW DELHI: Despite a slowdown in Aadhaar-enabled payment authentication in February, authentication using the unique identification number has crossed the 500 crore mark while e-KYC — used for bank and PDS verification as well as getting SIM cards — has gone past the 100 crore mark.
This means that on an average, 112 crore Aadhaar holders have used their ID 4.5 times for authentication. While there was a spike in December and January when currency was scarce due to demonetisation, the numbers for February indicate that usage was lower last month. But the over 44 crore authentications in February 2017 was roughly three-and-a-half times the level seen a year ago.
Besides demonetisation, increased use of fingerprint and iris devices have helped. At the end of January, there were over 13 lakh fingerprint devices in use, which was over 6.5 times the level a year ago. The jump in iris devices has been much lower, from roughly 23,000 to around 27,000.In fact, the number has actually come down from the peak of 35,600 seen in September.