Aadhaar issued to over 89% of total population till mid-Feb: MoS Alphons

In Assam and Meghalaya, the enrolment has started recently. Hence coverage in these states is low: K J Alphons

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More than 89 per cent of the total population has been issued the biometric identifier Aadhaar as of mid-February, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

Aadhaar coverage is low in Assam and Meghalaya where the enrolment has started recently, K J Alphons, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

As per the information provided by the minister, against total population of 1.31 billion, the number of Aadhaars assigned were 1.17 billion, translating into 89.2 per cent penetration.

"As on 15 February, 2018, more than 89.2 per cent of estimated population has been issued Aadhaar all over the country. In the States of Assam and Meghalaya, the enrolment has started recently. Hence, Aadhaar coverage in these states is low," Alphons said.

He noted that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was approved as a Central Sector Scheme in 11th Five Year Plan continued in 12th Five Year Plan with the approval to operate in project mode till March 2017. The Aadhaar-issuing body is now an independent statutory authority established and operating under Aadhaar Act 2016.

"The approved Budget at Revised Estimate Stage for Financial Year 2017-18 in the form of Grants in Aid is Rs 11.50 billion," he said.