New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday said that it is going to set up Aadhaar Seva Kendras across the country on the lines of the Passport Seva Kendras. These centres, each with eight or 16 stations depending on the population of the city, would start functioning within the next few months. Also Read - India’s COVID Vaccine Drive to go Contactless With Aadhaar-Based Face Recognition: Here’s What it Means

UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that around 114 such centres in 53 cities and towns, including all state capitals, would be established in the first phase. This would be in addition to the centres already operating in banks, post offices and government premises. Also Read - How to Check If Your PAN-Aadhaar Cards Are Linked, Here's One Simple Step to Check The Status

“With Aadhaar Seva Kendras, we are building hassle-free and resident-friendly enrolment and update facility infrastructure to ensure ease in Aadhaar-related services to residents,” he added.

UIDAI sources said that the Aadhaar Seva Kendras would be supervised directly by its own employees just like the Passport Seva Kendras are run under the supervision of passport officials.

They would provide appointment-based enrolment and update services to residents while also dedicating a few counters for walk-in customers.

Recently, UIDAI had announced to rollout face recognition feature, as an additional mode of authentication.  The Authority had earlier planned to rollout face recognition feature from July 1, a target that was later pushed to August 1. The UIDAI had said that specific instructions for authentication agencies other than telecom service providers will be issued soon.