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UIAI chairman meets Orissa Chief Minister

Last Updated: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 00:44

Bhubaneswar: The Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIAI) was likely to start allotment of
unique identification number to citizens next year, work for
which would start from August this year on first phase.

This was stated by the chairman of the UIAI Nandan
Nilekani after meeting chief minister Naveen Patnaik and other
senior officials of the state government here today.

While the state government assured the UIAI all
support, Nilekani said that Orissa had already started using
finger print impressions in making of ration cards in Rayagada

Identification of the citizens would begin under the
scheme of Multipurpose National Identity Card (MNIC) project.

In the first phase about 10 crores citizens will be
provided with this unique numbers. About 60 crore of people
would be allotted the number in next five years.

Sources said that the unique numbers would be allotted
on the basis of 11 biometrics including 10 finger prints and
the iris. There would be eight regional offices of the UIAI
and each such office would cover two to three states.

An office at Hyderabad would cover Orissa and Andhra


First Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 00:44
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