Over 130 Crore Indians Have Aadhaar Card, And Most Of Them Believe Their Data Is Safe
Aadhar has become one of the most crucial documents that one needs to have to get anything done in this country.
And it has been surrounded by its fair share of controversies — specifically pertaining to data leaks.
However, a recent report reveals that people trust their biometric and Aadhaar data is safe.
This is quite remarkable despite several instances of Aadhaar data being hacked and stolen, and government’s silly claims about its security coming to light in recent years.
The report (dubbed State of Aadhaar 2019) also shed light on the fact that around 80 percent of people who possess an Aadhaar card feel that the unique mode of identification has given them easy access to government subsidies like pensions, rations a lot more reliable.
There is also a myth that surrounds the country pertaining to Aadhaar cards and bank accounts which the report tries to clarify. Over 90 percent of people feel that providing Aadhar card is mandatory for opening a bank account — whereas it isn’t compulsory to have one.
When looking at the way to update existing Aadhaar details, as per the report, 33 percent of people found the whole process to be lengthy and cumbersome.
Commenting on this, RS Sharma, Chairman of TRAIi and former director-general of UIDAI said, there will always be a certain percentage of people who experience issues with a new solution. “It’s a governance issue, not a technology one. And a solution is what is necessary.” He also stated that Aadhaar service centres should be re-allowed to update Aadhaar details to address this issue.
Moreover, Aadhaar flaunts of being digital, but 77 percent of Aadhaar holders reveal that they’ve never used its digital features (like mAadhar, virtual Aadhaar).
The report also sheds light on the number and frequency of use of Aadhaar. It states that 95 percent of India’s population have signed up with Aadhar and they use it once every month.
According to the report, 30 percent of homeless and 27 percent of third-gender residents do not have Aadhaar. Also, 90 percent residents in Assam and 61 percent residents in Meghalaya do not have an Aadhaar card.