Unlocking Accessibility: Aadhaar introduces iris scans for enrolment, ensuring inclusivity for all despite biometric challenges. Discover the latest developments!
In a significant move, the Indian government has expanded Aadhaar enrolment accessibility, allowing individuals encountering biometric challenges to enrol using iris scans. The latest development seeks to address concerns related to blurred fingerprints or disabilities affecting biometric data submission.
Aadhaar Enrolment Flexibility for Biometric Challenges
Following IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s intervention to facilitate the enrolment of Josymol P Jose in Kerala, who faced difficulty due to the absence of fingers, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) introduced measures to enable Aadhaar enrolment via iris scans.
Alternate Biometric Options
The official statement highlighted that individuals eligible for Aadhaar but unable to provide fingerprints can now enrol using only an iris scan. Similarly, those encountering issues with iris scans can proceed with enrolment using only fingerprints.
Advisory and Enrolment Process
An advisory has been disseminated to all Aadhaar Service Kendras, mandating the issuance of Aadhaar to individuals encountering fingerprint-related challenges, like Jose, by utilizing alternate biometrics.
Eligible individuals facing difficulties with both finger and iris biometrics can enrol without submitting either. Essential details, including name, gender, address, and date of birth, are recorded alongside available biometrics, with missing ones noted in the enrolment software.
A prescribed photograph is taken to indicate the unavailability of fingers, iris, or both. The Supervisor of the Aadhaar enrolment center validates such exceptional enrolments.
Impact and Outreach
The statement highlighted that regardless of biometric challenges, every eligible individual undergoing the enrolment process will receive an Aadhaar number. Approximately 1,000 individuals facing similar challenges are enrolled daily by UIDAI, with nearly 29 lakh persons issued Aadhaar numbers to date.
This move marks a crucial step in ensuring the inclusivity of Aadhaar enrolment, addressing the concerns of individuals facing biometric hurdles and streamlining the process for obtaining the vital identification number.