In India, UIDAI (Unique identification authority of India) is the main body to perform the process of enrollment. UIDAI has opened up thousands of Aadhar enrollment centers throughout India to achieve its objectives. In just 10 years, UIDAI has enrolled a big percentage of the Indian population and still the process is going on without any issues. Aadhar is a 12-digit number and applicants can get the Aadhar within 60 to 90 days. As it is a unique number, so no one in India cannot have the same number. This makes the system smart and user-friendly. Apart from a physical Aadhar card, you can download Eaadhar from the UIDAI web portal.
Aadhar holders can download the Eaadhar on plain white paper. This is sufficient and is acceptable at all places throughout the country. However, a new terminology Aadhar smart card is gaining popularity among people. Aadhar smart card is a PVC laminated card, which various shops and vendors are printing by charging fees from Rs 50 to 300.
In India, there are around 24 the parliamentary standing committee that looks after various process led by the Union Government. Each standing committee has 31 members. 21 members are from Lok Sabha while 10 members are from Rajya Sabha. One of the standing committees on home affairs has its jurisdiction related to Aadhar and National Population Register (NPR). In a recent discussion between Union Government’s official and National Population Register, it was clearly communicated that the Aadhaar database cannot be used for updating the NPR.
As Government’s main focus is to bring all the population in its database so that it can formulate the best strategy for the betterment of the poor people of India. A large population of India is living life below the poverty line and this is the need to have a till date record of the population.
But the Union Government’s recent meeting with the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs really disappointed the efforts of the unified Government database. As a result, consolidated details of the family and family structure are not possible due to the limitation of the Aadhar database with the National Population Register.
Last year in 2020, the general Census and the process to update National Population Register (NPR) was postponed. Though, the Government of India was quite interested to complete the process. But there is still a lot of debate among various Muslims and minorities that this act is a real threat to their existence in India. They believe that Modi led Government wants to create an NRC (National Register of Citizens) that will deprive rights of minorities in the country. As NPR is a database that was built on the family-wise records that the UIDAI database lacks. By combining both of these, the Government of India believes that a better view and statistics can be developed that will help in eliminating the duplicity of data and wastage of expenditure that arises due to staff employed at both the departments and the data processing resources.