21st May, 2018

92% of India’s Adult Population has Aadhaar Cards

92% of India’s Adult Population has Aadhaar Cards

Around 92% of India’s adult population has acquired Aadhaar numbers that will ease availing benefits of schemes and welfare programs through their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.

The Aadhaar significantly reduces the risk of duplicate identities. Impersonation can also be stopped/tackled. Biometric confirmation reduces time and costs.

Banks now prefer the Aadhaar for better verification of identities and to assess the financial status of loan seekers.
The challenge is now to have the Aadhaar penetrate into rural sectors and the younger sections of the Indian population.

Aadhaar Card Mandatory for Marriage Ceremony at Almora Temple

Aadhaar Card Mandatory for Marriage Ceremony at Almora Temple

The temple priests at the Chitai Golu Devta temple at Almora insist on seeing the bride and groom’s Aadhaar card before getting them marreid.

This was started to end instances of underage marriages in the area. The temple gets almost 4-5 couples married every day during the wedding season and about 400 couples every year.

Only Aadhaar cards for age verification is accepted by the temple authorities. No other identity card can replace the Aadhaar for wedding ceremonies.

This news comes in the wake of devotees at Tirumala being asked to produce their Aadhaar cards for getting accommodation in the pilgrimage town.

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Bill Gates Believes that India will be the Most Digitized Economy in 7 years From Now, Thanks to Aadhaar

Bill Gates Believes that India will be the Most Digitized Economy in 7 years From Now, Thanks to Aadhaar

Bill Gates has recently lauded the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and the Aadhaar Card in no uncertain terms. He said that a cumbersome and paper based accounting system will be converted into a 30 second all digital system.

Gates believes that an opportunity for the Indian Information Technology sector has been generated. The Aadhaar will create a consolidated and central data repository.

Automation, cloud services and Artificial Intelligence are likely to affect manufacturing jobs. Gates and his foundation now intend to work with startups and the government on digital India projects.

Gates also believes that taking up value added services in addition to Aadhaar and other services will be the way to go for new India.

Dalit Man Unable to get an Aadhaar Card dies of Hunger, While his Wife Fights for Her Life in Hospital

Dalit Man Unable to get an Aadhaar Card dies of Hunger, While his Wife Fights for Her Life in Hospital

Dharmendra, a local Dalit rural dancer from Allahabad died of hunger in October 2016. He did not have a ration card or an Aadhaar card to feed himself and his wife.

They had survived on food provided to them by the villagers. His wife, Usha Devi, too is now fighting for her life.
After Dharmendra’s death, Tehsilar Ramkumar Verma inspected the house and gave the needy family Rs. 1,000 on understanding that the woman could not avail subsidised goods from fair price shops.

Similar incidents have also been reported after the government ordered the banning of Rs. 500 and 1000 notes, which has left the poor populations of the country in great despair.

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DCB Bank Launched Bangalore’s First Aadhaar-enabled ATM

DCB Bank Launched Bangalore’s First Aadhaar-enabled ATM

The first “cardless and PIN less" ATM was launched by the DCB Bank in Bangalore in July ’16.This ATM accepts Aadhaar number and fingerprint (biometric) instead of Debit Card and PIN to give out cash. The Bank pilot had launched the first ATMs in Mumbai, Punjab and Odisha.

The bank plans to upgrade more than 400 ATMs to offer Aadhaar based functionality by December 2016. Former Chairman of the UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani had launched this initiative.

The move is a highly celebrated instance of the triumphs of the present government such as digital India and demonetization.If Aadhaar can move towards replacing debit cards, India would truly be moving towards a more democratic cashless, and even cardless, economy.

 

Devotees must Produce Aadhaar Cards at Tirumala to Get Accommodation

Devotees must Produce Aadhaar Cards at Tirumala to Get Accommodation

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has made the Aadhaar a mandatory identity proof to get an accommodation on the hill near the shrine of Lord Venkateswara.

Other identity proofs issued by the government with the occupant’s address can also be used. Devotees performing the ‘Angapradakshinam’ also need to produce their Aadhaar cards before performing the rolling prostration.

It is an interesting move considering the fact that Aadhaar is basically a unique identification card/number.

Whether gods need to identify devotees through their Aadhaar is quite another matter.

It is Compulsory to have an Aadhaar Card to Travel in Indian Trains

It is Compulsory to have an Aadhaar Card to Travel in Indian Trains

The Aadhaar card has been made compulsory for all types of reservation by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).

Counter and online reservations require the 12-digit unique identity number. Around 50 categories of concessions are offered to passengers making reservations online.

The Aadhaar details provisions will make Insurance, Concession and Identity more accurate. 27 lakh passengers have already availed the insurance benefit offered by IRCTC at 10 paisa to 90 paisa per trip.

The digitization of Indian Railways will also eradicate middlemen and agents selling tickets through incorrect means.

UIDAI has Urged Citizens not to Share their Aadhaar Card Details with Anyone

UIDAI has Urged Citizens not to Share their Aadhaar Card Details with Anyone

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) through a series of tweets has warned people to be discreet about their Aadhaar details. It has also warned them against sharing their document number or printed copy of their cards with anyone.

Both government departments and private firms accept the Aadhaar to deliver services. The UIDAI advised users to self-attest and state purpose on every copy of the Aadhaar card to prevent misuse. In case of misuse, legal action can also be taken.

Like the credit card or the debit card, sharing Aadhaar details with anyone could also be now an equally sensitive issue. One must keep one’s unique identification number safely guarded.