Aadhaar card holders will now be able to carry their information on their smartphone in the mAadhaar app. This app is launched by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). To use the mAadhaar or ‘mobile Aadhaar’ app, users need to have their phone number registered with UIDAI. Once the process is complete, they can download their details on the app, which will show data such as name, date of birth, gender, address and the picture on the device. With this mAadhaar, users will now not need to raise round the hard copy of their Aadhaar with them anymore. This is another step via the authorities to digitise processes in the country, and make initiatives streamlined using technology.
The mAadhaar app, which is already available for download on Google Play, has been launched only for Android customers as of now however would possibly be released for iOS quickly as well. Notably, the app additionally approves users to lock or release biometrics data. “Once resident permits Biometric Locking system their biometric stays locked till the Aadhaar Holder chose to either Unlock it (which is temporary) or Disable the Locking system.” Interestingly, the mAadhaar app also comes with “TOTP (Time-based One-Time Password)” feature that can be used alternatively of SMS-based OTP.
With the mAadhaar app, customers will be able to get the up to date view of the profile upon completion of the update request. And they will even be able to share QR code and password protected eKYC data to get correct demographic information from it instead of manual entry.
However, the app is presently in beta stage, notes UIDAI in its announcement tweet, and some of the features will be made accessible post future updates. To recall, a new amendment to the tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 made it mandatory from July 1 for everybody who has a PAN card to grant their Aadhaar number to the principal director general of income tax (systems) or DGIT (systems).