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Aadhaar Watch: mAadhaar, Aadhaar deadlines, enrolment issues and more

An overview of recent news related to Aadhaar, which points towards the increase in government schemes being linked to the scheme, and issues faced by citizens:

UIDAI launches mAadhaar app

UIDAI has launched a mobile app called mAadhaar that will allow users to carry their Aadhaar profile on the phone for availing Aadhaar-based services. It is currently available only for Android devices, and no specific date for when it might available for iOS devices has been mentioned. Users will be able to carry the demographic details linked with Aadhaar in the app, namely date of birth, name, address, gender, and the photographed linked to Aadhaar. Since the app is currently in beta mode, some additional features may be made available at a later date. More about this in The Economic Times.

The deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts & mobile numbers is not July 31

A number of people have, over the past few weeks, received communication (mainly SMSes) from their network operators and banks, asking them to link Aadhaar to their respective mobile numbers and bank accounts by July 31, 2017. However, these messages are grossly incorrect. The actual deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile number is February 2018, while the deadline for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts is December 31, 2017. Read more about this in India Today.

People with disabilities facing a major difficulties enroling for Aadhaar

People with disabilities are facing issues while trying to enrol for Aadhaar, because in some cases their biometric information cannot be recorded. Not everyone is aware, because of lack of clear communication from UIDAI, that there are two kinds of enrolment available – with biometric and without biometric. In case, someone’s biometric data cannot be recorded accurately because of a valid reason, they can opt for the biometric exception options, in which a photo of both hands is linked with the other demographic data. Read more about experience of one such person in The Hindu.

Maharashtra government changes strategy to increase Aadhaar enrollment

Maharashtra government has now appointed MahaOnline, a joint venture between Maharashtra government and TCS, as its Aadhaar enrolment agency to increase enrolment. The government says that most people yet to enrol for Aadhaar in the state are below the age of 18, and the government will now focus on them. Apparently, only 60-65 lakh people are left to be enroled in the state. For this purpose 3,929 enrolment kits have been redeployed with MahaOnline, and permanent enrolment centres (PEC) will set up at SETU centres. More about this story in DNA.

Now every family member’s Aadhaar needs to be linked to ration cards in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government has informed Allahabad High Court that the Aadhaar number of every member of a family must be linked to the ration card in order to continue collecting subsidised food grain under the public distribution system (PDS). Thus far the Aadhaar details of the head of the family was enough. This adds to the long list of social services scheme for which Aadhaar has been made mandatory. Read more about this in Business Standard.

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