The Annual Report contains the information required to be forwarded to the Government of India under the provisions of Section 27 of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act,2016. This report also includes an overview of UIDAI, the functionalities assigned to it by the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the audited Annual Statement of Accounts of UIDAI is also part of this report.
The UIDAI is based on the premise that the de-duplication would be the basis of the Aadhaar approach. This would be achieved by the use of biometrics and requires high technological intervention and success. To achieve this and to obtain the best possible inputs on biometric technology,a Biometrics Committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of Dr. B.K. Gairola, Director General of NIC. The Biometric Committee submitted its final report to the UIDAI on 7 January, 2010. The UIDAI has accepted the standards and best practices suggested by the committee for face, finger prints and iris. The UIDAI, after taking all relevant factors into consideration, has also decided that all three biometric attributes of residents viz. face, all ten fingerprints and both iris images will be collected during the enrolment process into the UIDAI system. The Office Memorandum from the UIDAI accepting the report is attached herewith.
The UIDAI also believes that the verification process to get an Aadhaar should be simple and not prone to harassment and at the same time, be credible. As the main purpose of the Aadhaar is inclusion, especially of the poor, the verification process has to be formulated in such a manner that while it does not compromise the integrity of the inputs, it also does not result in exclusion of the poor. A Demographic and Data Field Verification Committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of Shri N. Vittal, the former Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) of India to address these issues. The Demographic Data Standards and Verification Procedure Committee submitted its final report on 9 December 2009. It was then submitted to Shri Nandan Nilekani, Ex Chairman, UIDAI. The Office Memorandum from the UIDAI accepting the report is attached herewith.
The UIDAI recognises the importance of an awareness and communications strategy for the success of the project. In this regard an Awareness and Communications Strategy Advisory Council has been formed with the mandate to recommend the awareness and communications strategy required to achieve the purposes of the UIDAI. The order constituting the Council as well as its mandate is attached below.