The Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI) has issued the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services)
Regulations 2019. The gazette notification has mandated private organisations
using Aadhaar services to pay Rs 20 for each customer verification and 50 paise
for authentication of the unique ID.
Organizations have been mandated to pay for the
service based on usage within 15 days of raising an invoice by the authority.
Delays in payment would attract interest and could lead to discontinuation of
authentication and e-KYC services.
Recently, the government had approved the
promulgation of an Ordinance to make amendments to the Aadhaar Act 2016,
Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2005 & Indian Telegraph Act 1885. The
amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Aadhaar and Other
Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Ordinance was necessitated as the bill though
passed by Lok Sabha was pending in the Rajya Sabha and would have lapsed with
the dissolution of the current Lok Sabha.
The ordinance has allowed voluntary use of the
Aadhaar number to authenticate both offline and online. It has also mandated that
the entities should perform authentication only after they are compliant with
privacy standards and security specified by the UIDAI.
It has also deleted section 57 of the Aadhaar
Act. Section 57 relates to the use of Aadhaar by private entities. These amendments
are in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgement in 2018. The Supreme Court had
upheld that the Aadhaar is constitutionally valid but struck down section 57 of
the Aadhaar Act.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
is a statutory authority established under the provisions of Aadhaar Act 2016 under
the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. It is mandated to
issue Unique Identification numbers (UID)-“Aadhaar”, to all residents