The current biometric-based Aadhaar authentication (fingerprints) is not safe, considering the ongoing pandemic situation. Plus, fingerprints of labourers etc fade and become less distinctive over time. Hence NPCI, UIDAI, together with ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, RBL Bank and Fino Payments Bank is considering the use of facial recognition and iris scans for Aadhaar authentication which is essential to avail govt beneficiaries like DBT payouts and domestic transfers.

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