The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has incurred avoidable expenditure of Rs 310 crore on issue of ‘Bal Aadhaars’ till 31 March 2019. The UIDAI needs to review the issue of Aadhaar to minor children below five years and find alternate ways to establish their unique identity, especially since the Supreme Court has stated that no benefit will be denied to any child for want of Aadhaar document. This has been revealed in the performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) of functioning of the UIDAI for the period from 2014-15 to 2018-19.

In a report submitted to the Parliament, the CAG said that the issue of Aadhaar numbers to minor children below the age of five, based on the biometrics of their parents, without confirming uniqueness of biometric identity goes against the basic tenet of the Aadhaar Act.

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Apart from being violative of the statutory provisions, the UIDAI has also incurred avoidable expenditure of Rs 310 Crore on issue of Bal Aadhaars till 31 March2019.

In Phase-II of ICT assistance a further sum of Rs 288.11 Crore was released up to the year 2020-21 to states/schools primarily for issue of Aadhaar to minor children,” the report said.

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