Amit Agarwal takes over as CEO of UIDAI
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Amit 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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