Amit Agarwal takes over as CEO of UIDAI

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Amit-Agarwal-takes-over-as-CEO-of-UIDAIAmit Agarwal has assumed charge as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

An Overview of the News

  • Amit Agarwal is a senior IAS officer of 1993 batch of Chhattisgarh cadre.

  • He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

  • He has held important positions at the Center and in the states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Before becoming the CEO of UIDAI, he served as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

About Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

Establishment and Authorization:

  • Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a government department established on 12 July 2016.

  • It works under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

  • UIDAI is a statutory authority created under the Aadhaar Act 2016.

Objectives and Functions:

  • UIDAI provides a 12 digit unique identification number called "Aadhaar" to all Indian residents.

  • Aadhaar serves as a universal identity for residents across the country.

  • UIDAI links the Aadhaar number with basic demographic and biometric information of residents.

  • This information includes a photograph, ten fingerprints and two iris scans.

  • The data is stored in a secure, centralized database managed by the UIDAI.

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