Aadhaar Validations at Record 94 cr in July
The figure has more than doubled from 44.4 crore authentications in April
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.