A major difference in the functioning of a developed country like USA and a developing country like India is the lack of identity proof for their citizens. In USA, there exists a common database for all the pillars of the government to refer to. They can easily identify any of their citizens using the fingerprints and establish all their details.
The good news is India is on the same line. Aadhaar card has been recently launched for the citizens of this country. These cards are free of cost and act as a major identity proof for them.
What is Aadhaar?
The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) issues the Aadhaar card as they are the authority. The identity proof is neutral in its approach, as the system generates a 12-digit number automatically irrespective of the religion or caste. Every citizen can have only card throughout the life. This card also acts like a proof of identity and an effective proof of residence. The Aadhaar card has your fingerprints and retina scans.
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The government wants to make this venture compulsory but has not been able to do it yet. So the banks do not want to make it compulsory as well.
The UIDAI centres take your essential documents like identity proof, residence proof and date of birth proof. They need to be self-attested. Once the documents are collected and submitted, you are likely to get your official card in 60-90 days via post.
Advantages of Aadhaar Card
Services like Gas Connection, Bank, Ration Card, Mobile Sim Card, and Passport and in many other agencies need the Aadhaar card.
Aadhaar help migrants to establish identity in this country.
Online Aadhaar verification is easy and free of cost.
For the government agencies, it helps in avoiding double count and catch false identities.
A new Jan-Dhan Bhachat Yogna as introduced by Narendra Modi, where account holders are also getting the Insurance Cover. It is seriously imperative to have your Aadhaar card.