Srinagar: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah became
the first person in Jammu and Kashmir to enroll for the Unique
Identification Number as the project was launched in the state
Finger print and iris scans were conducted on Omar for
issuing the 12-digit UID number as the project was launched
simultaneously in the four districts of Jammu, Srinagar,
Baramulla and Ganderbal.
The Chief Minister said the government intends to provide
to residents of the state smart cards which would be primarily
linked to Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) and then to
ration cards, MGNREGS job cards and other such cards to make
public service delivery hassle free.
"The ultimate linkage of smart cards with the Unique
Identification Number `Aadhaar` would undoubtedly ensure
timely benefits to the people," he said.
Omar said `Aadhaar` would remove chances of use of fake
job cards, fake ration cards, false identity cards and ghost
employees who exist only on paper.
"The Unique Identification Number would prove more
efficient in ensuring benefits to weaker sections of society
under various schemes in the sectors of Rural Development,
Social Welfare, Health and Education. It will also check
pilferages and protect privacy of the card holders," he said.
The Chief Minister said while presently for obtaining
even a cell phone connection one has to provide various
certificates of identification and residence proof, the UID
will make verification easier and remove the possibility of
misuse of mobile phones for illegal activities.
He also said `Aadhaar` is an important step towards
universalising e-governance in the state.