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60 cr Indians to get UID in 4-5 yrs: Nilekani

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 17:59

Mumbai: At least 60 crore people would get
their Unique Identification Numbers (UIDs), a much-touted
initiative of the Government, in the next 4-5 years, its
project chief Nandan Nilekani said on Wednesday.

"We expect to give UIDs to at least 600 million (60
crore) citizens in the next 4-5-years. It is a challenging
job and we are managing multiple risks," Nilekani, Chairman of
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said.

UIDAI is an agency set up by the Centre to undertake
the UID project.

Nilekani said the initiative would help in providing a
transparent, effective and transformational governance.

The authority would issue the first UID in the next
12-18-months, he said at a FICCI-IBA Banking summit here.

Nilekani said banks would be a key partner in the
project and UIDAI would publish standards and protocols for
the project in the next six months.

"Banks are a key partner in the project. They can be
registrars as well as users of the authentication service,"
Nilekani said.

Under the project, UIDAI will be issuing numbers to
each and every citizen of the country but not cards, he said,
adding that the issuance of the number will be demand-led.

He also said there is an immense potential to merge
the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) programme
with the UID initiative.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 17:59
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