The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to set up ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendras’ or service centres for the facilitation of Aadhaar enrolment and update service, reports PTI. Almost 114 such centres in 53 cities and towns including all state capitals will be established in the first phase, said UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 300-400 crore. These new Aadhaar Seva Kendras, similar to the Passport Seva Kendras, will be in addition 30,000 enrolment and updation centres that currently operate in banks, post offices and government premises.

Functioning of the Seva Kendras

Each metro will have four of the Aadhaar Seva Kendras, and other cities will have two such centres each. These are expected to be operational by April 2019. They will allow people to book appointments for enrolment and updation. A few counters will be dedicated to walk-in customers.

  • They will also serve the special needs of individuals who need to be allowed enrolment and update through exception process such as wanting to update Date of Birth more than once. Currently, correcting your date of birth more than once requires a visit to the regional office.
  • It is estimated that as many as 400,000 people update their Aadhaar details (address, photo, mobile number, biometrics) every day, while enrolments stand at about 100,000.
  • These kendras will be supervised directly by UIDAI employees.

The UIDAI had decided to shift the Aadhaar enrolment and update centres to banks, post offices and state government premises under direct supervision of government or bank officials, in July 2017. The phasing out or closing of enrolment centres at private premises and setting enrolment centres in banks, post offices, and now the Aadhaar Seva Kendras directly under UIDAI supervision are steps in this direction, a source told PTI.