The UIDAI does not collect or store any additional personal information or linking data, such as PAN number, Driver’s License numbers, details of caste, creed, religion, income level or health status, etc. UIDAI has created a seeding ecosystem, where different partners can leverage various tools offered by UIDAI to link Aadhaar in their respective service delivery databases.
Aadhaar seeding is a process by which UIDs of residents are accurately included in the service delivery database of service providers for enabling Aadhaar based authentication during service delivery. The seeding process is accomplished in two steps. In the first step, Aadhaar details need to be collected from the beneficiary. The service provider or the seeding agency is expected to reveal the purpose of collecting Aadhaar details and taking an informed consent from the Aadhaar number holder or the beneficiary. The second step involves the verification of collected Aadhaar details. Once the verification is successful with UIDAI’s CIDR database, the Aadhaar is linked to the beneficiary record in the domain database of the service provider.
UIDAI has undertaken multiple activities to ensure Aadhaar seeding in facilitated in various scheme databases. The Aadhaar seeding framework includes:
- A Standard Protocol Covering the Approach & Process for Seeding Aadhaar in Service Delivery Databases is available on UIDAI website.
- UIDAI has launched various services like DBT Seeding Data Viewer (DSDV), authentication process to verify seeding, e-Aadhaar download, EID-UID search, demographic authentication,advanced search, etc through resident portal and its ecosystem partners to facilitate seeding process
- UIDAI has conducted multiple Aadhaar seeding workshops at UIDAI HQ for ministries and departments and at UIDAI ROs for local administration in states.
- Empaneled 48 seeding agencies for undertaking seeding on behalf of central and state departments.
- Developed content including classroom training and computer based training content for various stakeholders.