The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

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The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) maintains that before accepting Aadhaar in physical or electronic form, as proof of identity, it must be verified.

About The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI):

  • The process prevents unscrupulous elements, and anti-social elements from indulging in any possible misuse. It also promotes usage hygiene, and reasserts UIDAI’s stand that any 12-digit number is not an Aadhaar.
  • Tampering of Aadhaar documents can be detected by offline verification, and tampering is a punishable offence and liable for penalties under Section 35 of the Aadhaar Act.


  • It is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (“Aadhaar Act 2016”).
  • It was created to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as “Aadhaar”, to all residents of India.
  • Under the Aadhaar Act 2016, UIDAI is responsible for Aadhaar enrolment and authentication, including operation and management of all stages of Aadhaar life cycle and system for issuing Aadhaar numbers to individuals.
  • Composition of the Authority:
    • UIDAI consists of a Chairperson, two part-time Members and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is also the Member-Secretary of the Authority.
  • Finance & Budgets:
    • The Finance & Accounts Division (FD) is headed by the Deputy Director General (Finance) who is Financial Advisor in UIDAI. FD renders professional advice to the CEO, UIDAI on all issues which have financial implications.


Source : Livemint