The FSSAI has decided to use Aadhar number as identity document for the purpose of availing of services offered by the food authority.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, notified that a citizen is required to undergo Aadhaar authentication for the services offered by FSSAI. The Ministry has said that it was done for the purpose of usage of digital platforms to ensure good governance.

The services for which a citizen requires to undergo Aadhaar authentication through FSSAI include- a. Registration and Licensing of Food Business Operators (FBOs); b. Inspection of Food Business Operators (FBOs); and c. Verification of candidates while attending various training and certification programs conducted by FSSAI.

However, this notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

According to the FSSAI, the Aadhar would help in ease of doing business wherein authentication of identities will be done in a seamless manner and will reduce over documentation.

“Use of Aadhaar as identity document simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables applicants to get their work done directly in a convenient seamless manner, and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity,” reads a FSSAI statement.

Further, the statement added that according to the Aadhaar Act, the Central Government may allow Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis by requesting entities, in the interest of good governance, promoting ease of living of residents and enabling better access to services for them.