Private companies will have to pay ₹20 for using Aadhaar services for customer verification and 50 paise for authentication of the unique ID.
However, government entities and the Department of Post are exempted from these authentication charges.
“Aadhaar authentication services shall be charged at the rate of Rs 20 (including taxes) for each eKYC transaction and Rs 0.50 (including taxes) for each Yes and No authentication transaction from requesting entities,” the UIDAI said in its gazette notification named ‘Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services’.
According to the notification, private companies have to pay this fee within 15 days of raising an invoice by the authority. Delays in payment will attract interest and could lead to discontinuation of authentication and eKYC services, the ET report mentioned.
Last week (February 28), the government promulgated an ordinance to approve amendments to the Aadhar Act that allows voluntary use of the Aadhaar number for both offline and online authentication, besides using the number for authentication for KYC purposes. The ordinance was necessitated as the bill was stuck in Rajya Sabha despite being cleared by the Lok Sabha in January.
The notification also said that if a company does not wish to pay the authentication charges, it shall discontinue the use of Aadhaar authentication services and intimate its decision to the UIDAI immediately and surrender its access to the authentication facilities.