UIDAI fixes Re. 1/- per Aadhaar E-KYC Transaction for the Telecom Sector

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has notified the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations, 2021. UIDAI had released a draft of the rules on September 26th and was soliciting public comments till 06.10.2021. The new rules, contrary to the draft rules, propose to charge telecom service providers Re.1/- for every successful Aadhaar e-KYC transaction.

Summary of the draft regulations

Pricing of the Authentication Services: UIDAI will charge Rs.3 and Rs. 0.50 (both inclusive of taxes) for each successful e-KYC transaction and each successful Yes/ No authentication transaction, respectively. For telecom service providers, the e-KYC transaction rate shall be Re. 1/- (inclusive of taxes). For each failed but chargeable transaction, it will charge Rs. 0.50 per such transaction.

Govt. exempt from charges: All government (Central & State) ministries and departments will be exempt from any charges for notified services or transfer of benefits and subsidies.

Separate License Fees: The above charges are in addition to the License fees and financial disincentives.

Revision of Charges: UIDAI will revise these charges every two years by linking it with the Consumer Price Index, and round it to the nearest 10 paisa.

Presumption of Agreement: If an existing requesting entity continues to use Aadhaar authentication services beyond the date of publication of these Regulations, UIDAI will presume that it has agreed with the authentication pricing. Any entity that wishes not to pay charges shall discontinue the use of authentication services and immediately inform UIDAI.

You can read the rules below.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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