New Delhi: The Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI) has generated over 3.11 crore
`Aadhaar` numbers till the beginning of this month, with
Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka having garnered the
maximum numbers so far, the government said on Wednesday.
"A total of 3,11,84,630 Aadhar numbers have been
generated as on September 1, 2011," Minister of State for
Planning Ashwani Kumar said in a written reply to the Lok
Over 1.06 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated in
Andhra Pradesh, followed by almost 72 lakh in Maharashtra and
33 lakh in Karnataka, he added.
The UIDAI plans to cover 60 crore citizens under the
Aadhaar project by March 2014.
Kumar said that the total expenditure for the Aadhaar
programme stood at Rs 57.09 crore during the April-July period
of the current fiscal.
The expenditure had stood at Rs 26.21 crore in 2009-10
and Rs 268.41 crore in 2010-11.
"The total approved estimated cost of Phase I and II of
the project spread over five years from 2009-10 to 2013-14 is
Rs 3,170.32 crore," the minister said.
"Aadhar aims to provide soft identity infrastructure
which can be used to re-engineer public services so that these
lead to equitable, efficient and better delivery of services,"
The minister said that current enrolment under the scheme
"Enrolment of residents for Aadhaar number is voluntary.
As and when the implementing ministries, departments and
agencies consider the application of Aadhaar number in their
programmes, schemes or services, they may also decide whether
it is required to be mandatory for their purpose," he said.
UIDAI has been mandated by the government to issue a
unique identification number -- `Aadhar`. It can be verified
and authenticated online in a cost effective manner and will
eliminate duplicate and fake identity proofs.
The programme was initially conceived by the Planning
Commission in 2006 as an initiative to provide identification
proof for each Indian resident and would be primarily used as
the basis of efficient delivery of welfare services.
It would also act as a tool for effective monitoring of
various programmes and schemes of the Government.