Providing a boost to the government’s aim of building a cashless economy, India saw the largest number of people enroll for Aadhaar cards in December following demonetisation. Statistics from the Unique Identification Authority of India reveal that the monthly Aadhaar enrolments during December 2016 for the entire country saw a 60 per cent rise compared to the previous month.
Statistics from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) reveals that the monthly Aadhaar enrolment during December 2016 for the entire country saw a 60% rise compared to the previous month. While in October 12.19 million people enrolled for Aadhaar, the figure dropped to 10.49 million in November. But December saw a sharp surge with 16.05 million enrolling for the card, the highest enrollment for a month in 2016.
Even in January 2017, over 3.63 million people enrolled for Aadhaar by the first week itself. All this has taken the total number of Aadhaar enrolments in the country to 110 crore, translating into 98% coverage of adult population. The reason for the sudden rise in the enrolment numbers in December could be attributed to the after-effects of demonetisation with people possibly realizing that having Aadhaar could come in handy for several purposes such as bank transactions or as a document proof with various service providers.