The value of Aadhaar has increased drastically with the government’s decision of continuing the ambitious Aadhaar card project. This makes way for many important scenarios where having an Aadhaar card can prove to be beneficial. Aadhar card is not only important but also mandatory to avail benefits of different government services and schemes.
Aadhar card is a 12-digit unique number which is random and is issued to every Indian citizen. Aadhaar number is a unique identification number and is centralized. It is a biometric card which stores an individual’s details in a database used by the government and over the time it has become a base for the government to use it for public welfare and services.
Aadhaar card was introduced by the government with the objective of catering the resources for individuals who need assistance and benefits directly and eliminating middlemen in the process. To successfully serve this purpose government is using Aadhaar network to gradually link all the important government benefit schemes and services. This is, thus, creating a centralized government database that can be used to distribute and keep a record of the different programmes and schemes along with the beneficiaries.
Any resident, Non-Resident of India or any foreign citizen that resides in India can apply for an Aadhaar Card. Since the motive of Aadhaar card is to provide a unique identity to people, and not for granting or declaring citizenship, even foreign citizens, as well as NRIs that are residing in the country, can avail and enjoy the benefits of the card. However, their physical presence is a must for the verification process that is carried out by the UIDAI as well as demographic and biometric information to be given at any authorized enrolment centre in India for Aadhaar.
A person of any age can apply for Aadhaar including children. Children, less than 3 years of age are not required to provide their biometric information and their Aadhaar will be linked to the parents of the child. UIDAI has introduced a blue-coloured ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card for children below 5 years. Children above 5 years are required to give their biometric information and they get the normal Aadhaar card. Children who fall in the age bracket of 5 to 15 years and have applied for an Aadhaar Card will again have to give their biometric information when they reach the age of 15, as the biometrics of a person changes with age.
The first step for applying for an Aadhaar Card, after ensuring that an individual has all the necessary documents, is to book an appointment and then visit an enrolment centre. A visit to the enrolment centre even without booking an appointment is acceptable but booking a prior appointment will help save a lot of time and effort. Once the person reaches the enrolment centre he needs to do the following things.
When the Aadhaar Card was launched, a lot of people were unsure about the benefits of it. But as few years passed, the purpose of Aadhaar card looked to be beneficial for individuals as well as the government. Listed below are the benefits of Aadhaar Card and why it is a must for every Indian citizen.
If you want to make corrections in your address present in your Aadhaar Card or want to update new address due to some reason you can do that by yourself through the official online Aadhaar card portal. The first thing that you have to do is click on the link: https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/update and then follow the below mentioned steps to complete the process.
You can either note down the URN number or simply save it because without it you won’t be able to track the aadhaar card status.
You will be required to visit the nearest Aadhaar enrolment centre to add a mobile number in Aadhaar, in case you have not already registered your mobile number.
Using this process, you will successfully add your new mobile number to your Aadhaar card.
If you want to update your mobile number in Aadhaar card, you can do so in two ways, one via online process and the other by post or physically visiting the nearest enrolment centre.
You can apply for the name change, correction or updating Aadhaar Card online.
Please note that you will have to keep your registered mobile number with you while updating the name online as you will receive OTP on this number.
The e-Aadhaar will be downloaded on your computer, which you can open through a password as the file is password protected. The password that you use will be your PIN Code.
Your duplicate Aadhaar Card will be downloaded on your system in PDF format. You will have to use your Zip code as your password, as this file is password protected. Take out the print of the duplicate Aadhaar Card.