Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) reached a new milestone when it issued 100th crore Aadhaar number on 4th April 2016. UIDAI issued first Aadhaar card way back in the year 2010. Recently, government succeeded in bringing and passing a bill in Parliament that would provide statutory status to Aadhaar ending all the hypes and speculation over the use of Aadhar card in availing various schemes and services. At present, about 93% of the adult population of the country has been issued the 12-digit Unique Identity (UID) number.
UIDAI daily processes and issues over 15 lakh Aadhaar numbers. Last two years have witnessed a sudden increase in the number of Aadhar card enrollments primarily attributed to its use in delivering LPG subsidy and other government welfare programmes. About 150 crore transactions have been completed using Aadhaar till the end of last financial year while the same stats were lying at about 8.8 crore till 31st March 2014. Aadhaar payment bridge was developed to process transaction of money directly into the Aadhaar linked bank account of the beneficiaries availing various types of schemes benefits. About 23 crore people have linked their Aadhar card with their bank account. Aadhaar is being used in various schemes like PMJDY, MNREGA, Students scholarship, LPG subsidy, PDS, Passport application, etc.