Activists street charge for voluntary updates | Pune News

Pune: With many citizens frequently needing to upgrade biometrics to avail various benefits, Aadhaar activists want UIDAI to revise fees charged for voluntary updates and ‘poor quality’ of biometrics biometrics.
In its 108-page Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) audit report released the first week of April on the performance of India’s Unique Identification Authority from 2015 to 2019, the country’s independent auditor said UIDAI may review the charging of fees for a voluntary resident biometrics update.
CAG’s argument for this was that the UIDAI was unable to identify the reasons for the biometric failures and that the citizens were not at fault. The CAG audit report states that from 2018 to 2019, more than 73% of the 3.04 crore biometric updates were made by residents for faulty biometrics against charges.
The CAG said the UIDAI should tighten the parameters of Biometric Service Providers (BSPs), devise foolproof mechanisms to capture unique biometric data, and improve monitoring systems to proactively identify and take action to minimize generation. multiple or duplicate Aadhaar numbers.
Activists felt that charging fees was not the only aspect, as many citizens were not enjoying the benefits of unparalleled biometrics. “The UIDAI can review a regular update of the technology. It should also strengthen the automated biometric identification system so that the generation of multiple/duplicate Aadhaar can be curbed at the initial stage.
One campaigner said: “We know biometric updates were needed because the capture of details was poor. But citizens were forced to pay a price.

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