The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the issuing body of Aadhaar, caused a loss of revenue of 13 thousand 205 crore rupees to the central government to benefit some mobile companies. This has been revealed in the report tabled in the Parliament of the CAG recently.
In the performance audit report of the CAG, it has been revealed that UIDAI, contrary to its own rules, distributed authentication service and yes/no verification service worth thousands of crores free to telecom operators (mobile companies) and banks.
Due to this, the government has incurred a loss of about 13 thousand 205 crores. More than 3 thousand crore transactions of both the services were made free. The CAG also said that the government never wanted to provide these services free of cost.
Official sources said that UIDAI deliberately took this delay to directly benefit some mobile companies. The concept of potential loss was first introduced in India in 2008 by coal scam and 2G Came to the fore during the scam. These scams were also exposed only through the reports of CAG.
UIDAI has caused such damage
suppose your bank account or mobile number is linked to Aadhar card. Whenever the mobile company or bank does E-KYC, your Aadhaar number is required. This is called authentication service. For every authentication, the bank or mobile company has to pay a fee of Rs 20 to UIDAI.
Similarly, if the bank or mobile company verifies any information about an Aadhaar card holder from UIDAI, then its answer is given in YES or NO. For every YES / NO verification, the bank or mobile company has to pay 50 paise as a fee.
UIDAI did not fix both these fees for three years. Due to this, the government suffered a loss of revenue of 13 thousand 205 crores.
In 2016, the fee was to be fixed in
Section 8(1) of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, and Section 12 (7) of the Aadhaar (Authentication) Regulations, 2016 to UIDAI to authenticate the Aadhaar number of the Aadhaar holder on payment of a prescribed fee. authorizes. UIDAI was the basis for fixing the fees. According to the CAG report, UIDAI was supposed to fix this fee in the year 2016 but it was not fixed till 2019.
Meanwhile, the DoT in March 2017 allowed telecom service providers to verify all mobile holders through Aadhaar based e-KYC. The central government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, made it mandatory to link all bank accounts with Aadhaar from October 2017.
UIDAI continued to provide free service till March 2019
UIDAI gave free authentication service to banks, mobile operators and other agencies contrary to the rules till March 2019. Due to this there was a revenue loss to the government. In March 2019, UIDAI fixed Rs 20 for e-KYC transactions and 50 paise for YES/NO authentication.
13,205 Crore Revenue Loss Maths in Simple Language
E-KYC Authentication 11960 Crore
Till March 2019, UIDAI has done 637 Crore E-KYC authentication. Of these, 598 crore transactions (94 per cent) were for telecom companies and banks alone. If the telecom companies and banks were charged Rs 20 for every authentication, then the government could have got revenue of 11960 crores for 598 crore transactions.
1245.5 crore from YES/NO verification
In addition, UIDAI has done 2,491 crore yes/no verifications during the same period. If the fixed fee was 50 paise for every verification, then the government could have got a revenue of 1245.5 crores.
11960 crore + 1245 crore = 13205 crore loss