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What is UIDAI?

  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, by the Government of India.
  • It functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Background:-

  • Before the establishment as a statutory authority, UIDAI was functioning as an attached office of the then planning commission.
  • Later, the Government revised the Allocation of Business Rules to attach the UIDAI to the Department of Electronics & Information Technology
    (DeitY) of the then Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
  • UIDAI was created with the objective to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as “Aadhaar”, to all residents of India that is Robust enough to eliminate duplicate and fake identities, and Can be verified and authenticated in an easy, cost-effective way.

UIDAI is responsible for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication, including operation and management of all stages of Aadhaar life cycle, developing the policy, procedure and system for issuing Aadhaar numbers to individuals and perform authentication and also required to ensure the security of identity information and authentication records of individuals.

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