‘Aadhaar enrolment offers iris scan option for eligibles in absence of fingerprint availability,’ says govt | Mint
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‘Aadhaar enrolment offers iris scan option for eligibles in absence of fingerprint availability,’ says govt

A person who is eligible for Aadhaar but unable to provide fingerprints may enroll using only an iris scan.

People eligible for Aadhaar can enrol using iris scan if fingerprint unavailable. (Mint)Premium
People eligible for Aadhaar can enrol using iris scan if fingerprint unavailable. (Mint)

The Indian government on Saturday said a person who is eligible for an Aadhaar can enrol using an Iris scan in case fingerprints are unavailable. This came after IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar intervened to ensure the enrolment of a woman, Josymol P Jose, in Kerala who could not get enrolled for Aadhaar as she did not have fingers.

In an official statement, Chandrasekhar said, “A team from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) visited Jose at her home in Kumarakam, Kottayam district, in Kerala, the same day and got her Aadhaar number generated."

He said an advisory has been sent to all Aadhaar Service Kendras giving instructions that an Aadhaar should be issued to people like Jose or others having blurred fingerprints or similar disability, by taking alternate biometrics.

"A person who is eligible for Aadhaar but unable to provide fingerprints may enrol using only an iris scan. Similarly, an eligible person whose irises cannot be captured due to any reason may enrol using only her or his fingerprint," the statement said.

An eligible person who is unable to provide both finger and iris biometrics may enrol without submitting any of the two, the statement said, adding that the name, gender, address and date and year of birth of the person who is unable to provide both finger and iris biometrics are captured, along with the available biometrics while highlighting the missing ones in the enrolment software. 

It added a photograph is taken in the manner specified in the guideline to highlight the unavailability of fingers or iris or both and the Supervisor of the Aadhaar enrolment centre is to validate such enrolment as an exceptional one. 

"Every eligible person who undergoes the enrolment process by submitting the required information may be issued an Aadhaar number, irrespective of any inability to provide biometrics," the statement read. 

It stated that UIDAI enrols about 1,000 people every day under exceptional enrolment as above. "To date, UIDAI has issued Aadhaar numbers to nearly 29 lakh persons who had missing fingers or were otherwise unable to provide finger or iris or both biometrics," the statement added. 

 

(With PTI inputs)

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Published: 10 Dec 2023, 01:38 PM IST
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