Amendment in Aadhaar Regulations

The Central Government amended the Aadhaar regulations requiring card holders to update relevant documents supporting Aadhaar information at least once every 10 years.

What does the amendment say?

  • The amendment of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations require updation of supporting documents of Aadhaar information at least once every 10 years from the date of enrolment.
  • The updation is not mandatory but can be encouraged to maintain the accuracy of the data in the Central Identities Data Repository.
  • This regulation is limited to updating demographic information and does not involve biometric data like fingerprints.

How does this help the government?

  • As of June 2022, more than 133 crore Aadhaar cards have been distributed. However, the actual number of Aadhaar card holders is less due to deaths.
  • Increasing accuracy of Aadhaar related information can help the government eliminate leakages of government schemes’ benefits that occur due to inaccurate information of Aadhaar cards.
  • Over 100 government schemes (650 state government schemes and 315 central government schemes) use Aadhaar authentication to eliminate deduplication and remove ghost beneficiaries.

How can Aadhaar be updated?

Aadhaar can be updated by submitting Proof of Identity (POI) and Proof of Address (POA) documents as mentioned under the Aadhaar Enrolment and Update Regulation. A new feature has been developed on the myAadhhar portal and mobile application to facilitate the updation of Aadhaar and related documents. Aadhaar enrolment centres are also involved in the updation activities. Since the Aadhaar enrolment of adults is nearing 100 per cent, the role of more than 3,500 Aadhaar enrolment centres is shifting towards updating the user details. In 2021, over 16 crore Aadhaar card holders have made changes, like spelling of their names, mobile number, address, photograph etc. The number of new enrolment neared 4 crore.

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