UID can reform delivery system: Nilekani

The ambitious `Aadhaar` project was able to bring about reformation in the delivery system of various welfare schemes, Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Nandan Nilekani, said.

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2011, 21:22 PM IST

Ranchi: The ambitious `Aadhaar` project
was able to bring about reformation in the delivery system of
various welfare schemes, Chairman of the Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI), Nandan Nilekani, said on Friday.

"The delivery system can be reformed through Aadhaar.
And from October the Unique Identification Authority of India
will start enrolling ten lakh people per day (across the
country)," Nilekani told reporters here.

The UID would benefit in making payments to the
beneficiaries of MNREGA, old-age pension schemes, public
distribution system and other applications, he added.

Stating that enrolment of UID would not be made
mandatory, he said, "So many benefits would come to the people
through Aadhaar. So we believe more and more people will come
forward to have Aadhaar."

"Aadhaar is just an identity number, and not a proof
for nationality," he said.

Saying that 90 lakh people have enrolled in Jharkhand
with 6.5 lakh UDI being generated, the technocrat said work in
West Bengal and Bihar would kick off soon.

"I met Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda. He has a
very good understanding of UID," he added.

The Director General of UIDAI, R S Sharma, said Munda
had directed the officials to move in a time-bound manner to
complete the task in the state.

PTI