Aadhaar Norms Relaxed For Banks by UIDAI to Speed up Opening of Enrolment and Updation Centres

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Aadhaar Norms Relaxed For Banks by UIDAI to Speed up Opening of Enrolment and Updation Centres

The UIDAI has provided some 'relaxation' to banks in the procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres.

New Delhi, November 20: In a major relief to banks, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)-the Aadhaar-issuing body has allowed banks to hire private data entry operators and enrolment machines to speed up the enrollment processes in Aadhaar centres. With this, the UIDAI expects the relaxation to speed up the opening of Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres at bank premises. The UIDAI has provided some ‘relaxation’ to banks in the procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres, and hopes that banks will offer such services at stipulated 10% of the branches “at the earliest”, its CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey was quoted by PTI.

To make Aadhaar verification process of bank accounts convenient for the people, the Bank Aadhaar Kendras are being set up across the nation.  According to UIDAI stipulation, 43 private and public sector banks have to open Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres in 15,315 branches. Until now, banks had to procure enrolment machines on their own and had to ask their own employees for the job of data entry.

The banks will have to ensure proper supervision of enrolment and updation process within their premises. “They (banks) wanted some relaxation so that they could hire operators for data entry, and also hire the enrolment machines. So we have provided them with this relaxation. Now using that, Banks going ahead and setting up the (enrolment) stations and have assured that they will do this task as early as possible,” the UIDAI CEO added.

On Sunday, the Unique Identification Authority of India said that more than 200 central and state government websites publicly displayed details such as names and addresses of some Aadhaar beneficiaries. The UIDAI added, in response to an RTI query, that it took note of the breach and got the data removed from those websites. It did not specify when the breach took place.