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Volume: 14 Issue: 8
(August 2017)

identification data sharing data retention authorisation

srishti saxena

the goods and services tax network


India: Components of the Aadhaar Framework

The Unique Identification Number (‘UID’), popularly known as an Aadhaar number, is a 12-digit number generated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (‘the UIDAI’) for residents of India. As the name suggests, the number is unique: that is to say no two residents of India will have the same Aadhaar number. At the same time no resident of India will have more than one Aadhaar number. The concept of an Aadhaar number was primarily introduced to reduce transaction costs and ensure that proving identity was not a constraint on moving from one place to another. In this article, Srishti Saxena, Assistant Legal Manager at the Goods and Services Tax Network, examines the various components of the Aadhaar framework.

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