Mobile retail outlets across India could start serving customer enrollment and verification outlets for the government’s ambitious Unique Identification number (UID) project Aadhaar.
Under the project Aadhaar, mobile retail outlets collects the application details along with biometric scanning of ten fingerprints and iris. Based on the verification done by the mobile retail outlets, citizens will provided a provisional UID number. The UID number will be finally approved by the authority after further verification.
The government would be issuing a formal orders based on the results of the project. Elaborating on the usefulness of undertaking the project by mobile retail operators, it would benefit both the mobile operators and the UID project in reaching out to the people. Mobile operators are paying about Rs 1,000 crore in penalty to the Department of Telecom annually for failing to adhere to the guidelines in customer application process.
Presently, residents need to go to the nearest Enrollment Camp to register for an Aadhaar. The resident primarily needs to carry certain documents which will be specified in the media advertisement. Upon registering for Aadhaar, residents will go through a biometric scanning of ten fingerprints and iris. They will then be photographed and given an enrollment number upon completion. Depending on the enrollment agency, residents will be issued an Aadhaar number within 60 to 90 days. [source]