Nine Indian states and Union Territories have now fully attained 100 percent Aadhaar saturation in India. The data provided by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), essentially means that the that the whole population of the place have got their Aadhar IDs. The National capital, Delhi topped the list with 119 percent, where the number of ‘Aadhaar assigned’ is 21,113,102 in a projected population of 17,720,573. Meanwhile, Haryana is in the second spot with 104 percent where the number of ‘Aadhaar assigned’ is 27,782,515 in a projected population of 26,816,977. Meanwhile, Telangana (102 percent) was placed third in the list. The other places in the list were Himachal Pradesh (102 percent), Punjab (102 percent), Lakshadweep (102 percent), Goa (101 percent), Chandigarh (101 percent)and Kerala (100 percent).
Meanwhile, in the ‘Aadhaar Saturation in 0 < 5 Years Age’ category, Haryana topped the list with 68.8 percent. Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh was placed second and third. In the ‘Aadhaar Saturation in 5 < 18 Years Age’ group, only Delhi crossed 100 percent. However, in the above 18 categories, 27 states and UTs could have attained full Aadhaar Saturation. The Aadhaar saturation is based on projected population as on 2015.
Aadhaar is a biometric identifier program, which is recently in the news more than ever. The Aadhar card us being used in loan authentications, job seeking, pensions and money transfers across the country. The central government now wants to make Aadhaar card mandatory for filing income tax returns as well as applying for a PAN card. In fact, the unique identification 12-digit number in your Aadhaar card is now becoming the one point source for all your needs. The main objective of this exercise to link the PAN with Aadhaar is to also identify tax evaders. However several critics have questioned the privacy and security issues which have allegedly not been addressed so far. The rigid position of the Modi government on this matter, have been criticised by many as the debate on making Aadhaar mandatory is still on.
Meanwhile, according to a recent report, PM Modi government will soon make quoting of Aadhaar number compulsory for key managerial personnel and directors in regulatory filings under the Companies Act also. The move, primarily aimed at tackling the issue of bogus identities, comes at a time when authorities are bolstering measures to deal with the menace of shell companies, suspected to be used for laundering illicit funds.