The UIDAI has operationalised the first ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendra’ in Delhi and Vijayawada, setting in motion an ambitious plan to set up 114 such centres by the year-end.
These Aadhaar centres, meant to facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities, will be UIDAI’s own and operate in addition to thousands of centres, currently being run by banks and post offices, and in government premises (offering similar Aadhaar services), sources privy to the development told PTI.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is in the midst of setting up ‘Aadhaar Seva Kendras’ (ASKs) – similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras – covering 53 cities across India at an estimated project cost of Rs 300-400 crore.
The new centres are functioning on a pilot basis, the source said adding that Delhi centre – located at Akshardham metro station premises – has a capacity to handle 1,000 enrolment/updation requests a day. It comes equipped with 16 workstations and will be operational six days a week including weekends.
It will be closed on Tuesday and public holidays only.
The capacity in Vijayawada centre is half that of the Delhi centre.
The official who did not wish to be named further said new centres seek to provide more touch points to the public for availing Aadhaar enrolment and updation services.
As ASKs have more capacity, more requests for enrolment and updation can be processed on a daily basis compared to other centres. Besides, the new ASK model entails an online appointment management system to allow people to book a slot as per their convenience.
The UIDAI plans to complete setting up of 114 ASKs across various locations by end of 2019, the source added.
Aadhaar Seva Kendras (ASK):
ASK is owned by UIDAI. It is operated in addition to thousands of centres and in government premises that offers similar Aadhaar services. It is currently being run by banks and post offices.
Aadhaar Seva Kendras are similar to the concept of Passport Seva Kendras. These Aadhaar centres will facilitate enrolment, updation and other activities.
The new ASK model provides an online appointment management system to allow people to book a slot as per their convenience. The centres will be operational six days a week including weekends. It will be closed on Tuesday and public holidays only.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI):
UIDAI was established in January 2009 by the government of India. It functions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It is headquarters in New Delhi.
It follows the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016.
It aims to empower residents of India with a unique identity and a digital platform to authenticate anytime, anywhere.
UIDAI has 8 Regional Offices (ROs) across the country. UIDAI has two Data Centres, one at Bengaluru, Karnataka and another at Gurugram, Haryana.
The Authority consists of two part-time Members and a Chief Executive Officer who shall be the Member-Secretary of the Authority.
Founder, Chairman and MD (Part time): Dr. Anand Deshpande
CEO: Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey