Section 2 in The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies Benefits and Services) Act 2016

Title: Definitions

Description: In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-- 1[(a) "Aadhaar number" means an identification number issued to an individual under sub-section (3) of section 3, and includes any alternative virtual identity generated under sub-section (4) of that section; ] 2[(aa) "Aadhaar ecosystem" includes enrolling agencies, Registrars, requesting entities, offline verification-seeking entities and any other entity or group of entities as may be specified by regulations;] (b) "Aadhaar number holder" means an individual who has been issued an Aadhaar number under this Act; 2[(ba) "Adjudicating Officer" means an Adjudicating Officer appointed under sub-section (1) of section 33B; (bb) "Appellate Tribunal" means the Appellate Tribunal referred to in sub-section (1) of section 33C;] (c) "authentication" means the process by which the Aadhaar number alongwith demographic information or biometric information of an individual is submitted to the Central Identities Data Repository for its verification and such Repository verifies the correctness, or the lack thereof, on the basis of information available with it; (d) "authentication record" means the record of the time of authentication and identity of the requesting entity and the response provided by the Authority thereto; (e) "Authority" means the Unique Identification Authority of India established under sub-section (1) of section 11; (f) "benefit" means any advantage, gift, reward, relief, or payment, in cash or kind, provided to an individual or a group of individuals and includes such other benefits as may be notified by the Central Government; (g) "biometric information" means photograph, finger print, Iris scan, or such other biological attributes of an individual as may be specified by regulations; (h) "Central Identities Data Repository" means a centralised database in one or more locations containing all Aadhaar numbers issued to Aadhaar number holders along with the corresponding demographic information and biometric information of such individuals and other information related thereto; (i) Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Authority appointed under section 12; 3[(ia) “child” means a person who has not completed eighteen years of age;] (j) “core biometric information” means finger print, Iris scan, or such other biological attribute of an individual as may be specified by regulations; (k) “demographic information” includes information relating to the name, date of birth, address and other relevant information of an individual, as may be specified by regulations for the purpose of issuing an Aadhaar number, but shall not include race, religion, caste, tribe, ethnicity, language, records of entitlement, income or medical history; (l) "enrolling agency" means an agency appointed by the Authority or a Registrar, as the case may be, for collecting demographic and biometric information of individuals under this Act; (m) "enrolment" means the process, as may be specified by regulations, to collect demographic and biometric information from individuals by the enrolling agencies for the purpose of issuing Aadhaar numbers to such individuals under this Act; (n) :identity information" in respect of an individual, includes his Aadhaar number, his biometric information and his demographic information; (o) "Member" includes the Chairperson and Member of the Authority appointed under section 12; (p) "notification" means a notification published in the Official Gazette and the expression "notified" with its cognate meanings and grammatical variations shall be construed accordingly; 3[(pa) "offline verification" means the process of verifying the identity of the Aadhaar number holder without authentication, through such offline modes as may be specified by regulations; (pb) "offline verification-seeking entity" means any entity desirous of undertaking offline verification of an Aadhaar number holder;] (q) "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made by the Central Government under this Act; (r) "records of entitlement" means records of benefits, subsidies or services provided to, or availed by, any individual under any programme; (s) "Registrar" means any entity authorised or recognised by the Authority for the purpose of enrolling individuals under this Act; (t) "regulations" means the regulations made by the Authority under this Act; (u) "requesting entity" means an agency or person that submits the Aadhaar number, and demographic information or biometric information, of an individual to the Central Identities Data Repository for authentication; (v) "resident" means an individual who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment; (w) "service" means any provision, facility, utility or any other assistance provided in any form to an individual or a group of individuals and includes such other services as may be notified by the Central Government; (x) "subsidy" means any form of aid, support, grant, subvention, or appropriation, in cash or kind, to an individual or a group of individuals and includes such other subsidies as may be notified by the Central Government. 1. Subs. by Act 14 of 2019, s, 3, for clause (a) (w.e.f. 25-7-2019). 2. Ins. by s. 3, ibid, (w.e.f. 25-7-2019). 3. Ins. by Act 14 of 2019, s. 3 (w.e.f. 25-7-2019)

Title: Aadhaar number

Description: (1) Every resident shall be entitled to obtain an Aadhaar number by submitting his demographic information and biometric information by undergoing the process of enrolment: Provided that the Central Government may, from time to time, notify such other category of individuals who may be entitled to obtain an Aadhaar number. (2) The enrolling agency shall, at the time of enrolment, inform the individual undergoing enrolment of the following details in such manner as may be specified by regulations, namely: -- (a) the manner in which the information shall be used; (b) the nature of recipients with whom the information is intended to be shared during authentication; and (c) the existence of a right to access information, the procedure for making requests for such access, and details of the person or department in-charge to whom such requests can be made. (3) On receipt of the demographic information and biometric information under sub-section (1), the Authority shall, after verifying the information, in such manner as may be specified by regulations, issue an Aadhaar number to such individual. 1[(4) The Aadhaar number issued to an individual under sub-section (3) shall be a twelve-digit identification number and any alternative virtual identity as an alternative to the actual Aadhaar number of an individual that shall be generated by the Authority in such manner as may be specified by regulations.] 1. Ins. by Act 14 of 2019, s. 4 (w.e.f. 25-7-2019).

Title: Aadhaar number of children

Description: 1[3A. Aadhaar number of children.-- (1) The enrolling agency shall, at the time of enrolment of a child, seek the consent of the parent or guardian of the child, and inform the parent or guardian, the details specified under sub-section (2) of section 3. (2) A child who is an Aadhaar number holder may, within a period of six months of attaining the eighteen years of age, make an application to the Authority for cancellation of his Aadhaar number, in such manner as may be specified by regulations and the Authority shall cancel his Aadhaar number. (3) Notwithstanding anything in section 7, a child shall not be denied any subsidy, benefit or service under that section in case of failure to establish his identity by undergoing authentication, or furnishing proof of possession of Aadhaar number, or in the case of a child to whom no Aadhaar number has been assigned, producing an application for enrolment.] 1. Ins. by s. 5 ibid. (w.e.f. 25-7-2019)

Title: Properties of Aadhaar number

Description: (1) An Aadhaar number, issued to an individual shall not be reassigned to any other individual.(2) An Aadhaar number shall be a random number and bear no relation to the attributes or identity of the Aadhaar number holder. 1[(3) Every Aadhaar number holder to establish his identity, may voluntarily use his Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form by way of authentication or offline verification, or in such other form as may be notified, in such manner as may be specified by regulations. Explanation.-- For the purposes of this section, voluntary use of the Aadhaar number by way of authentication means the use of such Aadhaar number only with the informed consent of the Aadhaar number holder. (4) An entity may be allowed to perform authentication, if the Authority is satisfied that the requesting entity is-- (a) compliant with such standards of privacy and security as may be specified by regulations; and (b) (i) permitted to offer authentication services under the provisions of any other law made by Parliament; or (ii) seeking authentication for such purpose, as the Central Government in consultation with the Authority, and in the interest of State, may prescribe. (5) The Authority may, by regulations, decide whether a requesting entity shall be permitted the use of the actual Aadhaar number during authentication or only an alternative virtual identity. (6) Every requesting entity to whom an authentication request is made by an Aadhaar number holder under sub-section (3) shall inform to the Aadhaar number holder of alternate and viable means of identification and shall not deny any service to him for refusing to, or being unable to, undergo authentication. (7) Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions, mandatory authentication of an Aadhaar number holder for the provision of any service shall take place if such authentication is required by a law made by Parliament.] 1. Subs. by Act 14 of 2019, s. 6, for Sub-section (3) (w.e.f. 25-7-2019).

Title: Special measures for issuance of Aadhaar number to certain category of persons

Description: The Authority shall take special measures to issue Aadhaar number to women, children, senior citizens, persons with disability, unskilled and unorganised workers, nomadic tribes or to such other persons who do not have any permanent dwelling house and such other categories of individuals as may be specified by regulations.