New Delhi: The government Tuesday gave in-principle
approval for adoption of standardised approach for collection
of demographic and biometric attributes, including iris scan,
of residents by various bodies for UID project.
The approval was given at a meeting of the Cabinet
Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related
issues (CC-UIDAI), UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said here.
To provide unique identity numbers to all residents of
India, the UIDAI proposes to collect data through various
agencies of central and state governments and others who, in
normal course of their activities, interact with residents.
These entities are described as "Registrars" of the UIDAI.
Explaining the significance of the decision, Nilekani
said a final approval will make it essential for any data
collecting department or organisation in the country to adopt
the UIDAI standards.
This includes collection of demographic (name, age, sex,
age among others) and biometric attributes of residents namely
face, all 10 fingerprints and iris scan for the UID project.
"It was also decided to include data of the iris for
children in the age group of five to 15 years. The same
standards and processes would be adhered to by the Registrar
General of India for the National Population Register (NPR)
exercise and all other Registrars in the UID system," Nilekani
He said the biggest partner for the UIDAI was the NPR
followed by the Rural Development Ministry through the Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
The first set of the 12-digit unique set of numbers will
be issued between August 2010 and February 2011. Thereafter,
600 million UID numbers will be issued in the next five years.
Nilekani said talks were also on with the Finance
Ministry among others for various projects that could be
tied up with UID including issuing of PAN cards.
Apart from providing identity, the UID will enable better
delivery of services and effective governance.
The UID project is primarily aimed at ensuring inclusive
growth. It especially seeks to provide UID numbers to the
marginalised sections of society.
CC-UIDAI was formed in October 2009 to look into all
issues relating to UIDAI including its organisation, plans,
policies, programmes, schemes, funding and methodology to be
adopted for achieving the objectives of the Authority.