Update: The UIDAI has released its numbers for Aadhaar adoption in Bihar as well. Currently it claims to have assigned 2 crore Aadhaar numbers to citizens, out of a total population of 10.41 crore in the state. It said, the districts of Kishanganj and Arwal have reached a saturation level of over 50%, with 1 in 2 residents registered for Aadhaar.
According to the UIDAI, currently 1.5 lakh residents are enrolled everyday in the state, via 3236 enrolment station across 37 districts, and 44 Enrolment Agencies working under 9 Non-State Registrars (NSRs). The agency said, that further involvement of Enrolment Agencies by the State Registrar, i.e the Department of Rural Development Bihar, in the future, will accelerate the rate of card adoption.
Yesterday: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has claimed over 6 crore Aadhaar numbers have been assigned to citizens in Uttar Pradesh, out of a total population of 19.98 crore. UP was among the four new states UIDAI had undertaken Aadhaar enrollments in, after receiving approval for Phase 5 earlier this year.
According to UIDAI, the State Registrar will involve Enrolment Agencies to further accelerate the adoption of Aadhaar cards. Currently, UIDAI claims over 2.5 lakh residents are enrolled in the state every day through 5,781 active enrollment stations deployed across 71 districts in the state.
As of now, the UIDAI said it has issued over 70.7 crore Aadhaar numbers across the country. It claims Aadhaar coverage in nine states/UTs, including Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala, and Himachal Pradesh which have crossed 90%, while seven states/UTs now have Aadhaar coverage between 70-90%.
Aadhaar numbers: Before the start of Phase 5 over 67.38 crore Aadhaar numbers had been issued and a total of Rs 4906 crore had been spent on the scheme till August 31, 2014. Earlier UIDAI had claimed it was generating 13-14 lakh Aadhaar number every day.
UIDAI started issuing Aadhaar numbers in September 2010 and managed to generate 25 crore numbers by December 2012 at an average of one crore numbers per month. During 2013, UIDAI issued a total of 29.1 crore Aadhaar numbers at an average of over 2.4 crore per month.
Aadhaar-linked schemes: Last week, the Indian Government launched an Aadhaar-based digital life certificate called Jeevan Pramaan for pensioners, which is expected to make the process of pension payments simpler. This move would help establish that the pensioner was alive at the time of authentication, without them having to be physically present. While this move is set to benefit many, it will be interesting to see if linking Aadhar will be made mandatory for drawing pensions at all. Remember that the Supreme Court had ordered the government to not make Aadhaar mandatory for social benefits schemes.