Aadhaar count tops 106 crore, UIDAI launches ‘Challenge drive’


New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a drive to enrol any leftover population for Aadhaar in 22 states and UTs that have "statistically" hit 100 % coverage for adults. The 'Challenge drive' starts from October 15 for a month, a UIDAI statement said, adding that as of Friday, over 106.69 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated across the country.

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The latest drive is aimed at targeting the floating population, leftover residents and the infirm in these states and UTs, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and Punjab that are statistically reflecting a full adult population coverage of Aadhaar. The idea is to ensure no person is left out in the enrolment.

"This is in furtherance of our enrolment exercise to achieve universal coverage for Aadhaar across the country," UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said. As part of the Challenge drive, the residents of these states/UTs who have not yet enrolled for the 12-digit resident identification number are being asked to register themselves at https://www.wenrol.uidai.gov.in, the statement said.

It said those keen to register themselves will have to provide a mobile number as well as other demographic details. "The person will be then contacted and enrolled on a priority basis through special camps or at enrolment stations located near him/her," it added.

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