The government has issued a notification asking businesses and even individuals to verify their Aadhaar before it is accepted as a form of identification.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said it upholds that verifying the Aadhaar number following the consent of the Aadhaar holder is the right step to establish the genuineness of any form of Aadhaar – e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar letter, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar, which an individual submits.
Aadhaar is often submitted by customers while availing of bank services, purchasing a new SIM card, or even checking into a hotel.
“UIDAI has requested the state governments by emphasizing the need for verification before usage and has urged the states to give necessary direction so that whenever Aadhaar is submitted as a proof of identity – authentication/verification of the residents performed by the concerned entity using Aadhaar as an identity document,” the Union Ministry of Electronics and IT statement said.
“It prohibits 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 offense and liable for penalties under Section 35 of the Aadhaar Act,” according to the statement.
It also facilitates usage hygiene and reasserts the UIDAl’s stand that any 12-digit number is not Aadhaar.
How to verify an Aadhaar card?
You can verify any Aadhaar number via the QR code available on all forms of Aadhaar (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card, and m-Aadhaar). Users should use the mAadhaar App or Aadhaar QR code Scanner. The QR code scanner is available for Android, iOS, and Windows operating systems.
UIDAI has also requested state governments to emphasize Aadhaar verification, especially when it is offered as a means of identification.
The PIB release notes that UIDAI has issued circulars handling requesting entities authorized to do “authentication/verification, and other entities emphasizing the necessity of verification and specifying the protocol to be followed.”