Foreign Policy Watch: India-Sri Lanka

Unitary Digital Identity Framework (UDIF)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Unitary Digital Identity Framework (UDIF)

Mains level : India's UID technology

India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity Framework’, apparently modelled on the Aadhaar Card.

What is UDIF?

  • UDIF is apparently similar to India’s own Aadhaar.
  • Under the proposed UDIF it is expected to introduce a:
  1. Personal identity verification device based on biometric data
  2. Digital tool that can represent the identities of individuals in cyberspace and
  3. Identification of individual identities that can be accurately verified in digital and physical environments by combining the two devices

(More updates awaited)

Why such move?

  • SL has been receiving substantive economic assistance from India – totalling $ 1.4 billion since the beginning of this year.
  • India is helping the island nation cope with its dollar crunch, and import food, medicines and fuel amid frequent shortages.


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