The Unique Identification Authority of India, the custodian of Aadhaar, has registered more than 79 lakh children under the age of 5 from April to July this year, an official statement said on Monday.
The enrollment is part of a renewed effort to reach more children in the 0-5 age group under the Bal Aadhaar initiative and help parents and children achieve multiple benefits.
“The Unique Identification Authority has registered more than 79 lakh children aged 0-5 during the first four months (April – July) of the current fiscal year,” the statement said.
While 2.64 crore children in the age group of 0-5 years old had Bal Aadhaar on March 31, 2022, this number has increased to 3.43 crore by the end of July 2022.
“Enrollments of children in the 0-5 age group in states like Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have already covered more than 70 percent of the target age group.
Child registration (0-5 age group) has also performed extremely well in several other states and UTs, including Jammu and Kashmir, Mizoram, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep,” the statement said.
Overall, Aadhaar saturation is currently around 94 percent. Aadhaar saturation among adults is almost 100 percent.
Children in the age group of 0-5 years receive Bal Aadhaar.
Collecting biometric data (fingerprints and iris) is an important feature in publishing Aadhaar as the same is required to establish uniqueness. However, for Aadhaar enrollment of children in the age group of 0-5 years, this biometric data is not collected.
In order to distinguish the Bal Aadhaar from the normal Aadhaar, it is issued in blue color with the note that it is valid until the child reaches the age of 5 years.
Upon reaching the age of 5, the child is required to submit his or her biometric data to an Aadhaar Seva Kendra to complete a process called mandatory biometric update.