- Aadhaar will soon cover entire lifecycle data.
- UIDAI is preparing to launch two pilot programmes.
- The programme will link data from birth to death of citizens to 12-digit Aadhaar number.
Aadhar: From birth to death, Aadhaar will soon cover entire lifecycle data. According to a report published in The Economic Times, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the statutory body responsible for handling all Aadhaar-related services in the country, is preparing to launch two pilot programmes that will link data from birth to death of citizens to 12-digit Aadhaar number.
The report said that UIDAI has plans to issue temporary Aadhar numbers to newborns. The Aadhaar number will be renewed with biometric data on attainment of the majority, top officials told ET.
The objective behind linking an individual's entire lifecycle data to Aadhar is to fix misuse and deepen its reach countrywide. The government believes that integrating birth-to-death data will prevent the misappropriation of welfare schemes and also no one will be left out of the social security net.
Aadhaar was launched in 2010 by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Touted to be the world’s largest biometric identity database, it has enrolled almost all of India’s adult population.
The Modi government has extensively used Aadhar to bring the marginalised section under the social security net. In the last eight years, the government has claimed that Aadhar has helped plug the leakages in the system and transfer money directly into the bank accounts of the poor, farmers and others.