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Aadhaar Digest: child tracking database, iris authentication at Axis, 1cr people in J&K have Aadhaar

Aadhaar linked to central database of children living in shelter homes

Aadhaar numbers of over 30,000 children living in child care institutions have been linked to the Track Child portal following reports of children going missing from shelter homes, reports PTI. Track Child is a central database of children who have gone missing in different parts of the country — it is meant to aid coordination between child homes, police departments and state governments. The government has credited unique ID with connecting some missing children with their parents, as the ID records the childrens’ addresses. Track Child portal is also used to find children who have gone missing from child care institutions (CCI), in case the child tries to enroll in another shelter home. The Ministry has reportedly asked all the stakeholders to ensure Aadhaar registration of children in all CCIs.

Axis Bank introduces Iris Authentication

Axis Bank has introduced Iris Authentication for its customers in Micro ATMs which eliminate the debit cards, passwords, PINs, and user IDs, banks services can be availed at Micro-ATMs using only Aadhaar number and biometrics. According to a statement from the bank, it will use micro-ATM tablets which are certfied by SQTC and compliant with the UIDAI.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court issues notice to the government that its policy of Aadhaar linkage with biometric of government officials in contravention of the Supreme Court’s orders.

1 crore people in J&K now have Aadhaar

The number of people who have an Aadhaar has now crossed the 1 crore mark in Jammu & Kashmir which has a population of 1.2 crore people, reported Greater Kashmir. Saugat Biswas, who is the secretary of the state IT department and also the state registrar for Aadhaar said 82% of the state’s population had Aadhaar numbers, and also set a deadline of the August 31, 2018, for the Indian Postal Department to set up all the 87 enrollment centres in the state post offices. Biswas also urged the State Level Bankers’ Committee to open additional enrollment centres in Shopian, Kargil and Leh districts, in addition to meeting the remaining target centres.

In an evident push for enrollment of all residents of J&K, the state government has announced that several government schools, Integrated Child Development Centres (ICDS), post offices and banks will be designated registrars for Aadhaar enrollment. So far, ICDS with 110 portable enrolment facilities, post offices with 52 enrollment centres, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan with 50 centres and 130 enrolment centres in various banks are currently authorized to enroll people for Aadhaar in the State, in addition to the State’s own offices.

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