What is Aadhar?

Aadhaar is a Unique Identification issued by the Government of India for all its resident citizens. It serves as a proof of identity and address for every Indian. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which functions on behalf of the Government of India, under the Planning Commission is responsible for managing Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar identification cards.

The objective of this mammoth project is to collect biometric (photograph, iris-scan, fingerprints) and demographic data of residents (residence address information), store them in a centralised database, and issue a 12-digit unique identity number called Aadhaar to each resident of the country.

The significant feature of Aadhaar card is that it is devoid of any classification on the basis of caste, creed, religion and geography. Aadhaar is meant for individuals of all ages (including children) for the purpose of establishing identities. This official card enables every Indian to verify his/her identity.


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