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Pankaj Kumar appointed as new CEO of UIDAI

Pankaj Kumar, a 1987-batch IAS officer, has been appointed as the new CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The UIDAI is a statutory authority under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act of 2016 under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) with the mandate to issue UID or Aadhaar to all ..

Axis Bank becomes India’s first bank to introduce iris authentication for Aadhaar-based transactions through micro ATMs

Axis Bank has become the India’s first bank to introduce Iris Scan Authentication feature for Aadhaar-based transactions through its micro ATM tablets. As per study conducted by the International Centre for Biometric Research (ICBR), Iris scan technology is completely contactless and provides up to 98.2% authentication success rate and offers an edge over other prevalent ..

Umang App wins best Best M-Govt Service Award at 2018 World Government Summit 2018

India’s Umang App has won the Best M-Government Service award in the Accessible Government category while Aadhaar won the best emerging technology award at the recently concluded 6th edition of the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai, where India had the status of ‘Guest of Honour’ country. The summit acknowledged technology pioneers for providing global ..

RBI extends deadline for Aadhaar-enabled PoS terminals by 6 months

Reserve Bank of India has suspended the compulsory implementation of Aadhaar-enabled Point of Sale terminals by a period of 6 months till June 2017 due to lack of proper capacity for the production of such machines in adequate numbers. There is an apparent gap between the demand and supply of such Aadhaar-enabled devices due to ..

Government launches Revamped Aadhaar Toll-Free Helpline No. 1947

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a revamped version of its Toll-free helpline number: 1947, in the wake of growing usage of Aadhaar number in the services like Banking, government welfare schemes etc. Key facts The service will be free of cost and will be available on all days on IVRS (Interactive Voice ..

Home Ministry to assist UIDAI in bio-metric data-collection

As per the Union Cabinet, the Home Ministry and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will together collect biometric data of 1.2 billion Indians. What was the issue? Home Ministry and the UIDAI were debating over the issue of collection of biometric data which necessitates the right to scan people’s eyes and fingerprints. The ..

Conflict b/w UIDAI and NPR resolved

To end the conflict b/w the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and National Population Register, a Cabinet Committee has worked out a halfway house which will lead in the Biometric Data of all residents of India being captured by June 2013. Permission and additional finances of 5,791 crore have been granted to UIDAI to ..