The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre and all the states to "adhere to" its earlier order that no person should be denied any benefits or "suffer" for not having Aadhaar cards, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
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 what is likely to embarrass Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) authorities, an Aadhaar card has been issued in the name of popular Hindu God Hanuman in Rajasthan. Interestingly, there are no takers for it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting tomorrow to take stock of progress in Aadhaar project, which the new government will use as a tool for its various welfare schemes including the Jan Dhan Yojana.
With the aim of ensuring punctuality, bio-metric attendance marker systems have been installed for employees of the ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation located in the Nirman Bhawan.
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.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today accepted the resignation of UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekeni who has quit to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Bangalore South constituency on Congress ticket.
The Government is likely to allow on Thursday UIDAI, which issues unique identification numbers to residents, to start enrolments in areas other than 18 states and union territories allocated to it for the purpose.
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.