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India`s ID project catches fancy of US lawmakers

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 19:33

Washington: With work poised to begin on
providing unique identification cards to all Indians, the
ambitious project has already caught the attention in the US,
with lawmakers asking the government why it could not
implement a similar project here.

"So they (India) are taking on a humongous scale
something that we have been struggling with for 20 years,"
John Cornyn, the Republican Senator from Texas, said this week
during a Congressional hearing on the country`s employment
verification system.

Ex-Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani has taken over as
head of an authority that will work on the project of giving
unique identification numbers and cards to all citizens.

"The predicted cost is three billion pounds for 1.2
billion citizens and will replace what right now is 20
different proofs of identity that are available and require in
the words of the gentleman who`s been appointed to head up
this project a ubiquitous online database, and that will have
to be impregnable to protect against loss of information,"
Cornyn said.

He is also the Co-Chair of the Friends of India Caucus in
the Senate.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 19:33
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