UIDAI Introduces ‘Baal Aadhaar’ For Children

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New Delhi: UIDAI or the Unique Identification Authority of India, on Monday morning, introduced a ‘Baal Aadhaar’ card. This blue-coloured card will be given to children below the age of five years. To get a Baal Aadhaar, no biometric details will be needed. UIDAI had made this announcement through a series of tweets on its official handle. “A child below 5 years of age gets a blue in coloured Aadhaar known as Baal Aadhaar. When the child becomes 5 yr old, a mandatory biometric update is required,” it said.

A mandatory biometric update will be required when the child turns five. For this update, which is free, parents can take the child to any nearby Aadhaar centre. “Remember to update biometric Aadhaar data of your child at the age of 5 years and then again at the age of 15 years. This mandatory biometric update for children is FREE,” UIDAI said in another tweet.

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Interestingly, a child’s school ID (Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution) can also be used for his/ her Aadhaar enrolment.

Along with these tweets, UIDAI also attached a few infographics showing a blue-coloured Aadhaar card. Even though it is not mandatory for children of this age to get an Aadhaar card, it is needed for attending educational programmes overseas and availing other government scholarships.

The process of updating these Baal Aadhaar cards will be same as that of a normal Aadhaar. It will require a biometrics of 10 fingers, iris and the facial photograph. The same process has to be repeated when the child turns 15.

Meanwhile, the debate over linking Aadhaar card to various services continues to be an interesting one. The Supreme Court had recently rejected a plea to extend the deadline of Aadhaar linking to a host of services, including banking and mobile services. The deadline to link Aadhaar card with other services has been fixed to March 31 by the government.

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