The Government of India And UIDAI has recently amended the Aadhaar regulations and has specified that the supporting documents associated with Aadhaar card may be updated at least once by the Aadhaar holders after completion of ten years since the enrollment has been done.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information has clarified that these Updation are not mandatory. The latest changes have been made by tweaking the Aadhaar enrolment and update regulations. Earlier in October 2022 the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had urged the citizens of the country to provide valid updates of their identification and residence proof documents if they had been issued ten years before.
Updation of Aadhaar documents according to the official notification
In order to ensure the complete accuracy of information in the CIDR, the Ministry of Electronics and Information had issued a gazette notification urging the citizens to update their relevant documents like proof of identity (biometrics) and proof of residence (address documents) if the Aadhaar has been issued to them ten years ago.
The process to update the documents
The UIDAI has developed a new feature of ‘Update document ‘ on its portal to provide the facility of document Updation.
This feature can be accessed online sitting at the comfort of home by the My Aadhar portal, my Aadhaar app. Moreover, the citizens can visit the nearest Aadhaar Updation enrolment center or e-Mitra to avail the service.
The new feature allows the Aadhaar users to validate the details by uploading the POI , containing name and photo, POA containing name and address , the need of updating biometric will be done only if required. Till date more than 134 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued, and about 16 crore updates have been done.
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The need for updating aadhaar
Different state and central government schemes use the details available in the aadhaar card for a source of identification and authentication of beneficiaries and preventing any duplication of beneficiaries. It finds use in a variety of applications for instance employment related job forms and opportunities also require the candidate to provide aadhaar number.
About 650 schemes of the state government and 315 Central government schemes use the biometric data available in the aadhaar ecosystem for authentication.This unique 12 digit authentication number which we citizens obtain proactively is maintained by the Ministry of Electronics and Information and the data is collected by the UIDAI( Unique Identification Authority of India) from the year 2009.
The utility and necessity of aadhaar for the citizens is an invariable question but the updation is also the need of the hour to ensure proper data maintenance.