New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued a gazette notification on Thursday mandating private companies using Aadhaar services to pay Rs 20 for every customer verification and 50 paise for each authentication they carry out with Aadhaar.
The UIDAI notification read: “Aadhaar authentication services shall be charged at the rate of Rs 20 (including taxes) for each e-KYC transaction and Rs 0.50 (including taxes) for each Yes and No authentication transaction from requesting entities.”
Here is all you need to know about the Aadhaar authentication services:
1) The private entity must pay for the authentication service according to the usage within a span of 15 days, stated a notification signed by UIDAI chief executive officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey. The private companies include private banks, payment apps like Paytm and telecom companies like Airtel and Vodafone.
2) If the user delays the payment, a certain amount of interest must be paid. Besides, there would be discontinuation in the authentication and e-KYC services.
3) As per the ordinance issued by the government on February 28, the private entities are allowed to perform the Aadhaar authentication only if they comply with the privacy standards and security specified by the UIDAI.
4) The ordinance was issued to approve the amendments in the Aadhar Act and sanction the voluntary use of the Aadhaar number to authenticate both offline and online, besides using for KYC purposes. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in January. However, it was not approved in the Rajya Sabha.
5) The ordinance also seeks to delete section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which involves usage of Aadhaar by private entities. Earlier, the Supreme Court had struck down the particular section in its September 2018 judgement.
6) Scheduled commercial banks need not pay the charge for providing Aadhaar enrolment and update facilities as per the gazette notification issued in July 2017. However, the banks will be charged in case they fail to meet the Aadhaar enrolment and update targets from time to time.
However, as per the official gazette notification, government entities and the Department of Posts are exempted from authentication transaction charges under the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations 2019.