In order to verify the name and address in India, people are issued Aadhaar in every state. This is a 12 digit number and is unique in nature. As the population of the country is very big, Government established UIDAI to perform all the tasks and duties necessary to make this happen. The enrollment process is done via thousands of Aadhaar centers set up in different areas of the country. In a very short span of time, the large population of the country gets registered with the UIDAI through the Aadhaar Kendra. Aadhaar card is issued only to those people of India, who are inside the country for at least 182 days in a year. These people are called residents of the country.
Aadhaar Act clearly disqualifies NRI (Non-Resident Indian) to obtain an Aadhaar card as they do not live inside the country for at least 182 days. In order to obtain Aadhar, you can visit any Aadhar enrollment center. If you want to apply for the Aadhaar card, you must carry the necessary documents that can verify your address and other details. Usually, an applicant gets the Aadhaar card within 90 days from the date of enrollment with the UIDAI. Please keep in mind that the enrollment process is 100% free from the Government.
The purpose of this is to bring as many people to the UIDAI database as possible. When you visit the Aadhaar center, the data entry officer in the Aadhar Kendra will take your demographic as well as biometric details. By demographic data, we mean the applicant’s name, address, and DoB (Date of birth) of the person applying for Aadhaar. The IRIS and thumb impressions are called biometric details. Keeping in view of the disaster arising out of Covid-19, UIDAI is trying to implement new technology. For this, it has selected the Jharkhand state of India.
Jharkhand is a beautiful state in eastern India. It has a large population. That is why UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has chosen this state to test its facial recognition technology to identify and vaccinate the people. As corona is an epidemic disease and spreads by physical interaction, there was a clear demand for technology where people do not have to touch any device. As the current method is based on biometric identification, this is not safekeeping in view of the coronavirus. In an effort to minimize the physical interaction as much as possible, UIDAI is testing face recognition technology to vaccinate people.
Statistics released by UIDAI tell us that around 12,000 people have been vaccinated for Covid-19 using a face recognition system. This system is running on a pilot basis in Jharkhand state before UIDAI implements this on a large and full-fledged scale. Jharkhand health secretary, Mr. KK Soan also got vaccinated using this new technology in the Arki area which is just 90 Km away from Ranchi.
Not just the benefit of contactless, this technology brings. This is equally good for people above the age of 65 years. At this age, people’s thumbs and fingerprints get faded. This creates a lot of problems in the identification process. But this is not a problem at all in face recognition technology. IRIS scan also lacks the same problem and sometimes, it becomes very difficult to identify people using either IRIS or thumb impression. In this regard, the latest face recognition technology from UIDAI is going to contribute tremendously.