Aadhaar: Unique ID Project in India


Tunni Rai: A life without identity

29 May 2012 Last updated at 19:22 ET


“A moving glimpse into what it means to live without official identity in India.”  –rdm

India’s identity divide

  • Only 58% of children born in India are registered at birth
  • Many families don’t know about the need for a birth certificate
  • More than a dozen other documents can be accepted as proof of identity
  • Lack of papers can hamper access to public services and banking
  • Unique identity (UID) scheme launched in 2010 is world’s biggest biometric ID project
  • 200 million Indians have already signed up, target is 400 million by the end of 2012

From Wikipedia:

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Hindi: भारतीय विशिष्ट पहचान प्राधिकरण), is an agency of the Government of India responsible for implementing the AADHAAR scheme, a unique identification project.

UID project is known as AADHAAR meaning ‘support’ or ‘foundation’, and its logo is a yellow sun with a fingerprint embedded in its centre.

Aadhaar Logo.svg

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue for all residents in India. The number will be stored in a centralized database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual.