What the Aadhaar Does

What the Aadhaar Does

The main idea behind the Aadhaar card, as organised by the Unique Identification Authority of India, is that the number will make access to government paperwork much easier. Aadhaar is for every Indian resident including children, and the scheme is voluntary not compulsory. The Aadhaar card is recognised across India unlike many of the other identification cards which are issued at state level and may not be recognised further afield. Aadhaar will make going on to apply for passports or to open a bank account easier, and will be the default proof of both nationality and identity. It is free to enrol in Aadhaar and the Indian government has undertaken an extensive advertising effort to try to maximise the uptake of the new cards.