Hopeful of meeting 600-mn UID target by 2014: Nilekani

The government is hopeful of meeting its target of rolling out 600-million Unique Identity Cards by 2014, UIDIA Chairman Nandan Nilekani said.

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

Mumbai: The Government is hopeful of meeting
its target of rolling out 600-million Unique Identity Cards
by 2014, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDIA)
Chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Wednesday.

"We will meet the target of rolling out 600-million UIDs
by 2014," Nilekani said at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum
2011 in Mumbai.

The pace of enrolment for unique identification numbers
is gathering momentum, Nilekani said, adding that in the next few
days enrolment processing would reach the two-million mark.

"In the next few days, we will be processing two-million
enrolments," Nilekani said.

A 12-digit exclusive number, `Aadhaar`, is being issued
by the Authority to act as a unique identification for
residents, linking to their demographic and biometric
information.

The Government is working out a plan to make UID
compulsory for availing benefits under the rural job guarantee
scheme.

Besides, the exclusive number would also be used for
subscribing to a mobile connection.

The UID has the potential to meet Know Your Customer
(KYC) requirements in sectors such as telecom and banking, he
said.

The Union Ministry of Finance has recently recognised the
`Aadhaar` numbers as sufficient proof of identity and proof of
address for individuals to get a bank account.

PTI

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