Even though India was essentially under a lockdown for an entire week in March to combat COVID-19, it seems to have done little to hamper biometric transactions to withdraw cash: In March 2020, 181.81 million biometric transactions were done on Aadhaar enabled Payments Services, data released by the National Payments Corporation of India show. For comparison, in January and February, 225.47 million and 216.72 million biometric transactions were done on AePS, meaning that numbers have not dropped as drastically as they should have, given that the entire nation was practically under lockdown since March 25, certain states were under lockdown even before that. https://twitter.com/NPCI_NPCI/status/1245253999248326657 AePS works using a Point of Sale (POS) machine, and instead of using a debit/credit card, uses a person’s Aadhaar number, which is linked to their banked account. The transaction will then have to be authenticated using…
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