The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) plans to set up ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendras’ in 53 cities across the country, the entire cost of establishing additional Centres will cost around Rs. 300-400 crores.
These Aadhaar Kendras
are being established for easy access to the people in updating, enrolment and other activities related to Aadhaar.
These Aadhaar Kendras will be UIDAI’s own and will operate in addition to 30,000 centres, currently which is being run by banks and post offices, and in government premises. The proposed new Aadhaar Seva Kendras will operate in a similar way as the Passport Seva Kendras.
It is estimated that close to 4 lakh people update their Aadhaar
details (address, photo, mobile number amongst others) every day, while about one lakh people are daily engaged in enrolment. Over 122 crore Aadhaar have been issued, so far.
The list of cities where these centres will come up include Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Dehradun, Goa, Guwahati, Hubli, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kota, and Lucknow. Besides this, each of the four metro cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai will have four such centres, and other cities two centres each. All the Aadhaar Seva Kendra will be established in 53 cities and will come into operation by April 2019.
Recently, the Supreme Court termed Aadhaar- Biometric identity project as Constitutional
and suggested several changes and ruled out many of the laws in the Aadhaar.SC ordered that Aadhaar will be no more mandatory in schools and for mobile phone connections and obtaining new sim cards, but it asserted that Aadhaar would be mandatory for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN).
Supreme Court struck down the section 57 of Aadhaar Act ((Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) as a result, private companies cannot ask for Aadhaar card.
However, the UIDAI has already clarified that service providers can use offline verification tools like eAadhaar and QR (Quick Response) code that leverage Aadhaar without authentication, any access to biometrics, or revealing the 12-digit number.