UIDAI to focus on child enrollment

Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) today declared that 93 per cent of all Adult Residents in India have acquired unique identity on their own violation adding that to achieve universal ‘Aadhar’ coverage the Authority will now focus on child enrollment.

“Till now, it is found that 93 per cent of the adult residents in India voluntarily acquired and possess Unique Identity Aadhaar. To achieve universal Aadhaar coverage, the UIDAI is now focusing on Child enrolment, besides mopping up remaining persons”, an official statement said here.

The statement noted that UIDAI issued its first Aadhaar number on September 29, 2010,and till date it has generated more than 92.68 crore ‘Aadhaar’ cards in just five years time.

“This success has been possible due to peoples voluntary quest to empower themselves with the unique identity that is portable and authenticable online anywhere, anytime on a digital platform. It has been established in no uncertain terms that nobody can fake anybodys ‘Aadhaar’ established identity on authentication. Hence, the targeted delivery of direct benefits under various welfare schemes and programmes became a dream come true with Aadhaar proving itself as a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, increasing convenience and promoting hassle-free people-centric governance.” the statement said.

It said “out of the 24 States and Union Territories(UTs), where UIDAI has been mandated to enrol and issue ‘Aadhaar’ numbers, it is found that 16 States and Union Territories s have more than 100 per cent adult population saturation with Delhi on top with 128 per cent, followed by Himachal Pradesh (111 per cent), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (111 per cent), Punjab (110 per cent), Kerala and Haryana (109 per cent each), Chandigarh and Sikkim (107 per cent each), Jharkhand, Goa and Puducherry (106 per cent each),Tripura (105 per cent), Rajasthan (103 per cent), Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra (101 per cent).

It said five States and UTs have above 90 per cent adult saturation, with Andaman and Nicobar Islands (97 per cent), Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh (96 per cent each), Uttarakhand (93 per cent) and Uttar Pradesh (91 per cent); and three States have above 80 per cent adult population saturation with Gujarat (89 per cent), Daman and Diu (82 per cent) and Bihar (80 per cent).”

It said in all in States and UTs assigned for the UIDAI, ‘Aadhaar’ saturation among adult population is 98 per cent.

The statement said in the other 12 States and UTs, which are being covered by RGI for enrollment has an overall 76 per cent saturation with Lakshadweep (109 per cent), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (103 per cent), West Bengal (89 per cent), Odisha and Tamil Nadu (88 per cent each), Manipur (65 per cent), Nagaland and Jammu and Kashmir (63 per cent each), Arunachal Pradesh (50 per cent) and Mizoram (46 per cent). The statement said in “two of the RGI States namely Assam and Meghalaya, there are some local issues which have resulted in low saturation.” It was pertinent to note that there are 18 States and UTs in total having more than 100 per cent ‘Aadhaar’ adult population saturation.

“One may wonder as to how more than 100 per cent Aadhaar can be generated in a State or UT. That is due to the fact that the population figures are based on the Census of 2011, while ‘Aadhaar’ are generated to the real population which has increased by 2015. That is, the base (divider) is taken as the population based on 2011census,” the statement said..

The statement said migratory population from other states could also enroll in these States and UTs with more than 100 per cent ‘Aadhaar’ adult population saturation.

The statement said “actually, Aadhaar is a unique lifelong identity, which is available free of cost and any individual irrespective of age and gender and who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI, can enroll for ‘Aadhaar’ on a voluntary basis anywhere in the country.