This paper discusses the potential of leveraging Aadhaar in the Development of India. The paper presents opportunities across multiple sectors where Aadhaar can considerably improve the quality of service delivery.
Abstract: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) was established as an attached office of the Planning Commission by the Government of India in the year 2009. The UIDAI is mandated to issue a unique 12-digit number (termed ‘Aadhaar’) to every resident of India in order to improve the welfare services delivery of the Government. The UIDAI issued the first set of Aadhaar numbers in September 2010 and as on December 1, 2014, more than 71 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued to the residents of India. The scheme of unique identification involves collection of demographic information and biometric information from individuals for the purpose of issuing of unique identification numbers (Aadhaar numbers) to such individuals.