The Unique Identification Authority of India, or UIDAI, came into existence in India on January 28, 2009. The UIDAI was built upon previous identity card programs conceptualized by India's Ministry of External Affairs.
The organization's early goal was to have half of India's population allotted Unique Identity numbers by 2014. The undertaking is also known as the Aadhaar project. The information gathered by the UIDAI is linked to some public subsidy and unemployment benefit schemes.
The program was applied to government workers in 2014. Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance systems, or AEBAS, were installed in government offices to monitor the attendance of government officials and employees. In July 2014, Aadhaar numbers were linked to ration cards to remove duplicate and illegal ration cards in the Indian state of Telangana.