Budget 2020

Govt. pegs UIDAI’s allocation at ₹985 crore for FY21

The UIDAI is the nodal body for Aadhaar, an identity infrastructure for delivery of various social welfare programmes and effective targeting of these services. File

The UIDAI is the nodal body for Aadhaar, an identity infrastructure for delivery of various social welfare programmes and effective targeting of these services. File   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan

In the current fiscal, the UIDAI was originally allocated ₹1,227 crore when the Modi-2.0 government presented the Union Budget on July 5, 2019.

The government has raised fund allocation for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) — which issues biometric ID to residents — by 17% to ₹985 crore for the next fiscal starting April 1.

In the current fiscal, the UIDAI was originally allocated ₹1,227 crore when the Modi-2.0 government presented the Union Budget on July 5, 2019. But the amount was revised downwards to ₹836.7 crore, according to Budget 2020-21 documents.

The document did not provide reasons for the downward revision but it could be because of non-utilisation of all the funds allocated to the UIDAI.

The UIDAI is the nodal body for Aadhaar, an identity infrastructure for delivery of various social welfare programmes and effective targeting of these services.

In December 2019, the UIDAI had said that 125 crore residents of India have Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identity number.

“The achievement comes along with the rapidly increasing use of Aadhaar as the primary identity document by the Aadhaar holders. This is evident from the fact that Aadhaar-based authentication services have been used close to 37,000 crore times since inception,” it had then said.

The UIDAI receives about 3 crore authentication requests every day. Also, it receives about 3-4 lakh Aadhaar update requests daily.

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