Hyderabad: The central government has made it compulsory to have an Aadhaar number for filing tax returns and says that 88% of people across the country have been assigned Aadhaar figures.
Of the 36 states and territories of the Union in the country, eight states, including Telangana, claim to have 100% coverage of Aadhaar.
Assam (7%) and Meghalaya (9%) have the lowest number of registered Aadhar cardholders. Ninety-seven percent of the population of Andhra Pradesh has an Aadhar number. In the state of residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat, 92% of the people have numbers of Aadhar.
Throughout the country, 15 states and territories in the Union have more than 90% Aadhaar coverage. Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland are below 70% and in Bihar, 79% of the population has an Aadhaar number.
Depending on age, the assignment of Aadhar numbers under 5 years of age is 31%, between 5 years and 18 years, 72.4%, and over 18 years coverage goes up to 99%.
Some states such as Delhi (118%), Haryana (103%) and Telangana (102%) crossed 100% by assigning the Aadhar number. The president of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), J. Satyanara-yana, attributes this to the migration of people from one state to another, and the Aadhar number of those who died n ‘ Being removed.
He said every year that the population increases by two-and-a-half crore. Speaking to the newspaper, Satyanarayana said that some states have entrusted the assignment of the Aadhar number to enumerators who have not made much progress. Now, UIDAI does the work itself and expects to reach 100 percent of Aadhar coverage in states that are lagging behind.
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To a question, he said, “No citizen in the country will be denied any government service because of not having the Aadhar number.” He said that any filing of tax returns, taxpayers should give their number Aadhar, but those who do not have an Aadhar may provide any other proof of identity prescribed by the Income Tax Service.
Aadhaar for three-year-olds
At present, a newborn can also get an Aadhar number, but not an Aadhar card. For children under five, only an Aadhaar number is generated for which the biometrics of the mother or father are taken whenever necessary.
The central government is now considering issuing Aadhaar cards to children over three years of age.