New Delhi, Mar 25: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will soon rollout face authentication for Aadhaar verification from July 1, 2018. Till now fingers were scanned for the verification.

In January, UIDAI has announced this additional feature for those who run into problems in biometric authentication due to old age, hard work or worn-out fingerprints.

Aadhaar is being used for identity authentication across banks, telecom companies, public distribution system, income tax amongst others and the extent of its usage can well be gauged from the fact that an average of 4 crore authentications are being done on a daily basis.

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, said that face authentication shall be available infusion mode along with one more authentication factor like fingerprint/iris/OTP from July 1, 2018.

It had said that face authentication will be allowed only infusion mode meaning it would be permitted along with either fingerprint or iris or OTP to verify the details of Aadhaar holders.

With around 4 crore authentications being done every, UIDAI so far has completed 1,696.38 crore Aadhaar authentications and 464.85 crore eKYC transactions, Pandey said.

Last week, the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended indefinitely till the judgment is pronounced in the case.