Draft of proposed UIDAI Act in next 4 wks: Nilekani

A draft bill on the Unique Identity Project would be made public within the next one month, Chairman of UIDAI Nandan Nilekani said today.

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 17:36 PM IST

New Delhi: A draft bill on the Unique
Identity Project would be made public within the next one
month, Chairman of UIDAI Nandan Nilekani said today.

"We need an Act to govern a regulatory body like
UIDAI. The draft of the Act will be put for public discussion
in the next four weeks," he told reporters on the sidelines of
a Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) function.

Nilekani also said the UIDAI, recently renamed
`Aadhar` which aims to provide a unique identity to the
residents of the country by next year, needs to partner with
various agencies like the Registrar General of India for a
"universal coverage" of the exercise.

"You need multiple partners for a variety of reasons
and a universal coverage for the UIDAI," he said during an
interactive session on the Unique Identification Number.

Nileknai said that the UIDAI will not be mandatory for
a resident because "if it becomes mandatory, it will become
exclusive and if someone does not have it, he will be denied
something (social benefits)," he said.

He also said that he is aware about the problems posed
by rough fingers while preparing a biometric identity.

"Finger prints alone will not give us uniqueness. The
issue of callous fingers is there...the iris match will help
us in such cases, "Nilekani said while replying to a question
from a CII member.

The UIDAI is also working closely with the Census
authorities for preparation of the National Population
Register (NPR).

The second stage of NPR will helpful in making the
biometric Unique Identity (UID), he said.

PTI