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Budget 2018: UIDAI gets Rs 13.75 billion in FY19 for Aadhaar upgrade

Jaitley, while presenting Union Budget 2018, said govt will evolve 'a scheme to assign every individual enterprise in India a unique ID'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Aadhaar-issuing body has been allocated nearly 15 per cent more funds at Rs 13.75 billion (Rs 1,375 crore) for 2018-19, which are expected to be used for and strengthening the overall capacity.

The (UIDAI) was given Rs 9 billion (Rs 900 crore) in the last Budget, but later the allocation was revised to Rs 12 billion (Rs 1,200 crore).

As per the documents, the UIDAI's allocation for 2018-19 stands at Rs 13.75 billion (Rs 1,375 crore).

When contacted, CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI: "Our allocation will be utilised for upgradation of technology and hardware."

He noted that the demand for Aadhaar authentication is on the rise, and that daily authentications have touched an average 40 million.

"Usage of Aadhaar will be more than before. We will be upscaling our capacity and capability so that we can service growing requirements - for usage and authentication - of Aadhaar," Pandey added.

Yesterday, while presenting the Union 2018-19, Finance Minister had said that Aadhaar has eased the delivery of many public services to residents.

"Aadhaar has provided an identity to every Indian," Jaitley had said.

Noting that every enterprise, be it large or small, also "needs a unique ID", Jaitley had said the will evolve "a scheme to assign every individual enterprise in India a unique ID".

It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 1.19 billion Aadhaar numbers have been issued so far, and this biometric identifier is required as an identity proof of residents by various and non-entities.

For instance, the government has made it mandatory for verifying bank accounts and PANs to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for cellphone SIMs has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.

The recently announced a new concept of 'Virtual ID' which an Aadhaar-card holder can generate from its website and give for various purposes, including SIM verification, instead of sharing the actual 12-digit biometric ID.

The soon-to-be-introduced Virtual ID, a random 16-digit number, will give the users the option of not sharing their Aadhaar number at the time of authentication.

Aadhaar has also announced that it will soon include face recognition alongside iris or fingerprint scan as a means of verifying the users, helping those who face issues in biometric authentication or have worn-out fingerprints.

First Published: Fri, February 02 2018. 17:03 IST