Unique ID number optional, not proof of citizenship: Nilekani

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 23:06

Mumbai: The unique ID number of a
person under the Unique Identification Number Authority of
India project is meant for identifying the person and is not
proof of the person`s citizenship, project head Nandan
Nilekani said on Friday.

"The unique ID number is optional and will not be
proof of the person`s citizenship, Nilekani said during a
meeting with senior Maharashtra Government officials at
Mantralaya," an official release said.

"Nilekani is very hopeful that the unique ID system
would cover at least 60 crore Indians within 12 to 18 months,"
the release said.

Nilekani met Chief Secretary Johny Joseph and other
officials for discussing implementation of the unique ID
project in Maharashtra.

Nilekani expressed confidence that Maharashtra being a
major state in IT industry, would lead in implementing the
project, an official said.

The Union Government would take help from banks,
Election Commission, state governments and other organisations
to collect data of people. A high level committee would be
appointed headed by state Chief Secretary to monitor the work.

The Authority was set up in February to give unique
number to each citizen. It would also include name, birth
date, address, family details and finger prints of the person.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 23:06

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