Aadhaar enrolment process to begin from October 6
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Aadhaar enrolment process to begin from October 6

Nehal Jain | October 02, 2018 11:33 hrs

GUWAHATI: With the Supreme Court delivering a landmark judgement on the Aadhaar case, it has become rather clear that the 12-digit unique identity number neither confers nor is a proof of citizenship. Hence, the much-awaited Aadhaar enrolment in the state is set to start from 6th October, informed deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal while speaking to G Plus.
 
Aadhaar enrolment, which was delayed in Assam for over four years owing to citizenship concerns, will finally start in full swing. The process of implementation has gained full momentum in the city and a total of 42 centres have been set up in Kamrup (M), out of which 22 are inside GMC area while the other 22 are in the rural areas and the suburbs. 

Whilst in the entire state, a total of 1,241 Aadhaar enrolment centres have been set up.
The enrolment procedure involves collection of biometric data like thumb impression, iris scan, photograph along with proof of age, address and identity for an Aadhaar number.

The deputy commissioners have been designated as the enrolment authorities at the district level. The enrolment procedure involves collection of biometric data like thumb impression, iris scan, photograph along with proof of age, address and identity for an Aadhaar number. Each centre will have a verifier or verifying officer (who is a government employee) who will verify all the documents (proof of identity, proof of date of birth, proof of address) and help the vendor (allotted by General Administration Department) who will be responsible for taking samples of iris, fingerprints, etc. 

“The application forms will be provided free of cost to the residents at the enrolment centre. However, the forms can also be downloaded from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) website. Once the application is submitted, the Aadhaar card can be downloaded online within 12 days,” said Virendra Mittal. 

The entire process of acquiring Aadhaar card will be free of cost. While it’ll be available for download online, the same will also be delivered at the address of the citizens by post.


Banks to increase manpower, start Aadhaar enrolment in more centres

Some banks and post office branches have been carrying out the Aadhaar enrolment exercise in Assam for a while now, after being authorised to do so by the UIDAI.

With the Aadhaar process starting in full swing, however, the district administration has asked banks to increase manpower and start the process in maximum possible branches so that the pressure on Aadhaar centres is lessened and the process can be carried out smoothly. 

“Aadhaar enrolment will take place at multiple centres and banks across the state and it’ll go on for an indefinite span of time. The citizens shouldn’t rush and clog the centres on the first day itself, rather they should remain calm and patient,” urged deputy commissioner of Kamrup (M), Virendra Mittal to the citizens.
 
Further, in order to create publicity and awareness, a series of information, education, communication (IEC) activities among the residents on the necessity of Aadhaar cards that is, in getting government benefits and subsidies, including the procedures of Aadhaar card generation has also been planned by the GAD with the help of UIDAI.

An Aadhar number can be used while opening a bank account, applying for passport, booking e-tickets and many at other places where there is a need to establish identity.


Supreme Court verdict: 

Putting an end to years of litigation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and said that it empowers marginalized sections of the society. The court split 4-1 — the majority held most of the Aadhaar Act to be constitutionally valid, but have found some of its uses to be unconstitutional.

The Bench struck down section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allows private entities to use Aadhaar for verification purposes.  Section 33 (2) that allows UIDAI to share data with specially authorised officers in the interest of national security was also struck down. Further, it said that "government needs to ensure that illegal migrants do not get Aadhaar card". Earlier, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that biometric details of all people whose names were not included in the NRC would be obtained with the objective of preventing them from migrating to other states.

Here is a list of services where Aadhaar linking is mandatory and where it is not, post the verdicts made by the 5-judge constitutional bench of the court:

What needs Aadhaar linking?

1. It is mandatory to link PAN card with Aadhaar

2. Aadhaar is a must for filing income tax returns

3. Aadhaar is necessary for availing welfare schemes and subsidies given by the government

 

What does not need Aadhaar linking?

1. Aadhaar is not mandatory for opening a bank account, acquiring mobile phone connections or online shopping

2. Supreme Court upholds Aadhaar as a money bill

3. Aadhaar is not needed for admission in schools and colleges

4. Aadhaar is not mandatory for UGC, NEET, & CBSE examinations

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