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UIDAI holds Half Day eKYC Workshop. No additional investment of Aadhaar online authentication.

Read my earlier Post 1 and Post 2 on eKYC here.

To familiarize eKYC process flow amongst Bankers, Insurance Companies, Securities Market and Telecom Sector, UIDAI held a workshop on August 19, 2013.

The workshop was followed by a media brief, and UIDAI Chairman Shri Nandan Nilekani was taking questions from the media personnel, on doubts on eKYC implementation and the legal backing for eKYC.

The highlight of the Media brief was:

“If a certain authority feels that the beneficiaries of a particular scheme need to possess Aadhar cards, they can make it mandatory for them for that particular scheme,” said Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India, on Monday here.

The workshop was done to demonstrate the practical implementations and to specify some of the salient features and the benefits of its implementation.

Residents have to authorize UIDAI to release the information available in the CIDR.

Authorization can be done via two channels:

01) In person (through  biometric authentication),

02)Online (through OTP authentication).

Upon successful authentication and consent of the resident, the UIDAI will provide the resident’s name, address, date of birth, gender, photograph, mobile number (if available), and email address (if available) to the service provider electronically.

One of the foremost advantages of Online Authentication is that the latest details of the resident can be viewed by the service provider and stored as proof of KYC being done.

Online authentication also costs less as compared to biometric authentication. No additional investment needs to be done for Online Authentication.


Indian Planning Commission launches Aadhaar based attendance system

Biometric attendance system is quite common in the private sector; however, it is not a familiar process in the public sector.

To demonstrate the efficiency of Aadhaar authentication, Planning Commission of India, has installed an Aadhaar based attendance system in its offices. Like all new things, this novel step had a many perplexed employee.

In Planning Commission’s office at Sansad Marg, the employee feeds in his or her employee code and Aadhaar number while registering. Once that is done, the finger print is more than enough for making biometric attendance.

The initial estimates show that the cost of the Aadhaar based biometric attendance is less than ten percent of a normal biometric attendance system.

Remote authentication is also possible in the Aadhaar based biometric attendance system. This is very useful where there are field officers.

As UIDAI has standardized Aadhaar formats, a low cost Aadhaar based attendance system can be installed in offices having a small number of employees.

The true success will be when other Government offices also adopt the Aadhaar authentication tool.

Will employees resist Aadhaar based biometric attendance?


UIDAI to conduct field survey for Enrichment of VTC (village, town, city) data

As a pilot project, UIDAI is inviting quotations from organizations, to conduct field survey in connection with Enrichment of VTC (village, town, city) data.

The Pilot projects are planned in 3 districts (Kolar in Karnataka, Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu  piond Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh). The scope of work includes field survey / studies and mapping of every location with latitude and longitude and location images.


UIDAI is involved in the enrolment of residents for Aadhaar. One of the issues encountered in the field during enrolment is the absence of a particular village or pin-code in the enrolment client software. The UIDAI master data has been created using inputs from India Post and Census Department, which needs to be updated on the basis of latest information by conducting field survey / study penetrating up to the last level of habitation and capturing key data with latitude, longitude and images of key locations in the habitation.

It is intended to enrich the above data in the following three districts viz.

• Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh

• Kolar in Karnataka and

• Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu

The drill-down needs to be up to the hamlets, habitations, sub-villages level (including State, District, Sub-district, Taluk, Village or Gram Panchayat).

The details that need to be captured are as follows:

  • photo of a landmark (such as a ration shop, government school, post office box, having the name of the village) in the given village
  • the latitude and the longitude (preferably as part of the photo metadata) of the village
  • the pin-code for the village
  • additional attributes (whether the village is the GP or Hobli) for the village
  • photo of the delivery post office along with latitude and longitude

Further, this data needs to be annotated daily onto digital map available on a website.


The various phases of the approach are:

 Preparation Phase

During this stage, existing data (UIDAI, Pin Code Data, Census 2011, State Revenue) inputs for 3 districts are reconciled to generate a superset list of villages. This list will contain attributes such as pin-code, village code (where available), Sub-district, etc.

This will form the basis of the field work.

Report with statistical information (such as total number of villages, number of villages that do not have a village code (such as habitations, hamlets) is generated.

A digital database that can be used for field work is created. It is advisable to distinguish between villages that appear in both the Revenue as well as Census versus those that appear in either as the latter set will need greater attention at the field level.

 Survey Phase

During this phase, the specific data is collected from the villages. Further, this data is uploaded onto say a website on a daily basis.

Apart from data collection, meetings with say the Postal department, Revenue department officials (such as Village Officer), etc. will be planned. This will help in the addition of villages

Verification of the collected data (by say retired govt. officials) is also planned.

 Consolidation Phase

During this phase, any gaps found are addressed. Additional verification will also be conducted.

The entire exercise should be completed within 5 weeks from the date of issue of LOI.


The successful agency will  have to make their own arrangements of travel, accommodation and other related logistics at the concerned places for undertaking the work.

UIDAI clarifications: Cut away portion, eAadhaar valid proofs of identity, address

A majority of complaints regarding Aadhaar Cards is that many institutions / departments are refusing acceptance of cut away portion of Aadhaar letter as a valid document.

UIDAI has clarified that ‘The Information Technology Act, 2000’, provides for legal recognition of electronic records with digital signatures.

It may be noted that eAadhaar is digitally certified. Hence, e-Aadhaar or cut-away portion of Aadhaar letter can be considered a valid proof of identity and address.

The UIDAI which is implementing the Aadhaar project clarified in a statement that both — e-Aadhaar and cut-away portion of Aadhaar letter, is to be considered as a valid proof of identity and address.

According to the UIDAI, the e-Aadhaar document is digitally signed, using certificate issued by NIC as per the IT Act.

Further, all the data printed in eAadhaar is the same data as printed in Aadhaar letter, making it a valid and secured electronic document, which should be treated at par with a printed Aadhaar letter.

A “Resident Portal” had been launched to enable the residents download their e-Aadhaar, an electronically generated Aadhaar letter, from the website of UIDAI.

In addition, Common Service Centres, set up in States, are also catering to the needs of the residents with regards to download and printing of e-Aadhaar.

UIDAI said the cut away portion of Aadhaar letter is as an officially valid document as it contains all the details of Aadhaar letter such as name, address, Aadhaar number, photograph and logo of the Aadhaar Project.

The cut away portion of Aadhaar letter also carries a quick response (QR) code containing the demographic details of the resident.

However, it is yet to be seen as to how departments/organizations accepting Aadhaar Cards as Identity/Address Proof, treat eAadhaar letters.