Bangalore: The UID system has an inbuilt
security and privacy component which ensures that information
from the data bank could not be accessed except on grounds
like national security, Unique Identification Authority of
India Chairman Nandan Nilekani said today.
The Unique Identification data base could not be read
except for authentication and could not be accessed easily, he
He was speaking at the launch of the forum for
revitalising of public services (FRPS), a collaborative effort
between National Academy of Customs and Excise and Narcotics
and the direct taxes regional training institute (DTRTI).
The project, which attempts to give a unique identity
number to the country`s over billion people and expected to be
rolled out shortly, would help in delivery of government`s
welfare schemes, boost financial inclusion, beside enabling
other service providers like banks, insurance companies to tap
on the UID for authentication purposes.
He said the UID could also help in setting up of micro
ATMs as part of the government`s objective to bring in
financial inclusion. Through the UID, a grocery store in a
village could help a beneficiary of welfare scheme to withdraw
cash by simply providing the UID number.
The store, could authenticate the beneficiary through the
UID number. "This way we could have micro ATMs everywhere," he
"It could give acknowledged existence to those currently
out of the system," he said referring to thousands of homeless
people or those without birth certification or other
He also enlisted the other ways the UID number could help
in terms of banking, public distribution system, employment
schemes, healthcare and education. The UID number could
eliminate bogus beneficiaries, he said.
Talking about his experience while working for the UID
since he took over the job, he said, "I am like a trainee. I
had to learn a lot of things but the most important one being
how to ensure due processes and documentation were in place
before a decision making unlike the private sector."
"The private sector could learn from the rigorousness of
the government sector," he added.
He also advocated short service commission to get more
people drawn into the public service sector.