Of the 125 crore population, more than 111 crore people now have an Aadhaar number, covering more that 99% of the Indian adult population.
As per data released by the government, post demonetisation, the number of enrolment for Aadhar has increased to 7-8 lakh per day, as against 5-6 lakh till October. There has also been an increase in the use of Aadhaar-enabled payments systems from 2.57 crore transactions in October 2016, to 2.69 crore in November, to 3.73 crore in December and to 2.06 crore transactions in the first 15 days of January.
The increase in numbers is in line with the govt’s drive to make India a less-cash society as it is encouraging the use of AadhaarPay, a merchant version of Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AEPS).
With the upcoming launch of Aadhaar Pay, digital and cashless transactions are expected to see an even bigger jump. The govt has also integrated BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money) app with UID, which enables users to send and receive money using their 12-digit Aadhaar number.
“With demonetization and Digital India drive towards less-cash economy, Aadhaar is all set to become a game-changer with AadhaarPay where customers don’t need card, PIN, password or mobile as he/she can make transactions with thumb impression”, said IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.