Aadhaar-based authentications dropped to the lowest level in a year in June, reported The Economic Times.
According to the report, usage of Aadhaar declined over 40% from a record 1.48 billion authentications done in last September. The total usage in June stood at 859 million, according to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
The development comes just a few months after the Supreme Court extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various services and facilities.
“Saturation levels have been reached on Aadhaar linking and now the authentications are mainly regarding transactions being carried out by people to avail of welfare schemes and services…There is no reason to worry over the present authentication numbers… UIDAI will be raising its capacity to be able to carry out 3,000 million authentications every month,” a senior official was quoted saying in the report.
Aadhaar card has been a subject to several debates since its introduction. Questions have been raised and even the judiciary has been approached by those who question its constitutional validity and allege that it's an infringement on privacy.