It was billed as just another identity number at the start and critics were seen writing its epitaph in 2014, but Aadhaar laid a strong foundation for itself and is set to be a preferred tool for various people- focussed initiatives of the government in the new year.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Monday said the number of Aadhaar numbers that have been linked to bank accounts has touched 10 crore, enabling these individuals to digitally receive subsidies and benefits under government schemes.
In order to extend the use of Aadhaar number to various social welfare schemes, the government has asked the Unique Identification Authority and the National Population Register to complete the enrolment of the entire population by March.
In a complete U-turn from its earlier stand, the Home Ministry has come out in full support of the Aadhaar scheme saying it will facilitate "anytime, anywhere, anyhow" authentication to its beneficiaries.
Government is not considering any proposal to discontinue the Aadhaar project under which biometrics details of residents are collected to generate unique identification number, Parliament was informed Friday.
A Left MP on Monday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "scrap" the Aadhaar project launched by the UPA government in the wake of reports that US security agency NSA was allegedly "collecting the biometric data of Indian citizens".
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday said it has issued 51 crore Aadhaar numbers and is in the process of completing its mandate of covering 60 crore people by the end of the current fiscal.
Aadhaar card could serve as a platform for innovations in health sector by facilitating to create a national portable health record system that can help monitoring epidemics and drug efficacy, UIADI chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Friday.
Poor people seeking benefit under the Annashree scheme of Delhi government will now be able to get income certificate from MLAs and MPs or can submit an affidavit about their earning under liberalized norms for availing the benefit.