After receiving a lot of complaints pertaining to the malfunctioning of fingerprint authentication, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has planned to enable Face Authentication option by July 1 this year for validating Aadhaar cards.
The move comes in wake of several complaints received by the beneficiaries of government schemes, who were not able to avail their entitlements due to the absence of Aadhaar authentication.
At present, UIDAI offers two modes of biometric verification namely fingerprint authentication and iris authentication.
However, face recognition is only available as third option of authentication and will be allowed on need basis. It can only be used if finger print or iris or One Time Password authentication option is not available.
In addition to this, the face recognition option will have to be backed with at least one other form of identity authentication.
“While most residents are able to authenticate using fingerprint or iris authentication, some residents face difficulty in successfully using biometric authentication using one of the modalities. Face authentication provides an additional option for all residents to have inclusive authentication,” said an official communiqué.
The facility will be helpful to the old and handicap beneficiaries, who are not able to avail services due to lack of authentication.