Aadhaar is a verifiable 12-digit identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to the Residents of India for free of cost.
DOES NOT CONFIRMS YOUR CITIZENSHIP The Aadhaar number on its own does NOT provide citizenship. It is just a unique number based on your biometric data.
IS IT MANDATORY TO GET AADHAAR ? Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident of India, may voluntarily enrol to obtain Aadhaar number.It is not mandatory to enrol for Aadhar.Aadhar was primarily introduced for direct transfer of subsidies into the citizens bank accounts. But now the government has widened the scope of Aadhar. Now, there are many compulsions to link Aadhar to Bank Account, link Aadhar to Mobile Number, link Aadhar to PAN etc.Aadhar equips the holder to avail certain services offered by the government. If the resident wishes to avail those services, he should register for the Aadhar. Otherwise, he can opt-out of Aadhaar.