Aadhaar enrollments get tough for Phase II

Written by Kirtika Suneja | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 23 2012, 09:26am hrs
The second phase of enrollments for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will be more stringent than the first one, with the authority planning to penalise operators for faulty introductions, entries and verifications.

As part of the new strategy, the authority will only enroll people introduced by government officials, unlike in the first phase when anyone could become the introducer. An introducer is a person who is authorised by the authoritys registrars to introduce a resident who doesnt possess identification documents.

Introducers are individuals like elected local body members, postmen, teachers, health workers, doctors and representatives of local NGOs and Aanganwadi/ASHA workers, the authority said in its new strategy document.

For faults at the data centre level, the UIDAI plans to penalise the operators and cancel the licence while earlier there was no such penalty clause. We have a new strategy in place for the second phase to address security concerns and have stringent checks on people who get enrolled for Aadhaar, said a senior UIDAI official.

The UIDAI had collected data for 20 crore people in the first phase and would collect data for additional 40 crore in the second phase.

Similarly, one wrong data entry by the operator will amount to a penalty of R500 and three such entries would lead to cancellation of the operators licence.