Aad­haar Val­i­da­tions at Record 94 cr in July

The fig­ure has more than dou­bled from 44.4 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions in April

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Aman.Sharma@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Aad­haar au­then­ti­ca­tions reached a record high of nearly 94 crore in July, a fig­ure which has dou­bled from just three months ago, in a grow­ing re­flec­tion of peo­ple us­ing the unique iden­tity num­ber to avail of ser­vices.

Top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials told ET that the high num­bers show that while con­cerns over pri­vacy and se­cu­rity of Aad- haar have been raised in some quar­ters, “the com­mon man is freely us­ing Aad­haar to avail of gov­ern­ment ser­vices”.

As per data from the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI), 93.6 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions have been con­ducted in July, com­pared with 44.4 crore in April and just 24 crore last Au­gust, im­ply­ing a four-fold jump in a year.

“We are now eas­ily do­ing 3-3.5 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions daily, and rais­ing our ca­pac­ity to do 10 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions a day in the near fu­ture,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told ET. Nearly 850 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions have been done by UIDAI cu­mu­la­tively till date.

Nearly 116 crore peo­ple now have Aad­haar num­bers. What’s giv­ing UIDAI fur­ther con­fi­dence is that out of the 94 crore au­then­ti­ca­tions in July, 77 crore were car­ried out us­ing bio­met­ric check of ei­ther fin­ger­print or iris while an­other 1.66 crore were done by us­ing a one­time pass­word.

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