Aadhaar verification must before accepting it as proof of identity: UIDAI
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar-issuing body Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday asked states and institutions to first verify a person’s Aadhaar number before accepting it in physical or electronic form as an identity proof. UIDAI has recommended establishing the authenticity of identity proofs in any form (Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, Aadhaar PVC card etc.) to check misuse of Aadhaar.
The Aadhaar Issuing Authority, in a circular, said this will ensure that dishonest and anti-social forces do not indulge in any form of abuse. “It also promotes applied hygiene, and reiterates UIDAI’s stand that 12-digit numbers are not Aadhaar. Tampering of Aadhaar documents can be detected through offline verification and tampering is a punishable offense and punishable under Section 35 of the Aadhaar Act,” UIDAI said.
How to verify Aadhaar?
Any Aadhaar can be easily verified using the QR code available on all types of Aadhaar using mAadhaarApp or Aadhaar QR Code Scanner. The QR code scanner is available for free for both Android and iOS based mobile phones and window based apps, UIDAI said.
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Residents can voluntarily establish their identity by providing their identity in paper or electronic form using Aadhaar number.
In its circular, the Aadhaar issuing body has urged the state governments to issue necessary guidelines stressing the need for Aadhaar verification prior to use. Whenever Aadhaar is submitted as proof of identity, authentication/verification of the resident is done by the concerned organization using Aadhaar as an identity document.