Maharashtra has registered around one crore of its population under the ambitious Aadhar project to issue Unique Identification Card (UID). Unlike, other States, where the project is being implemented in selective districts, Maharashtra is the only state in the country where the scheme is being implemented simultaneously in all its districts, an official said
Aadhar aims to provide a 12-digit number to citizens and is generated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The number will be stored in a centralised database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual. Vijaylakshmi Bidari Prasanna, Director, Information and Technology, Maharashtra project said, “We have registered one crore people under the Aadhar project. This is an achievement as most of the other states are lagging far behind us.”
The Aadhar project was launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Nandurbar district of the state on September 29, 2010. However, the project gained momentum in January 2011 because of which the state has been able to register large number of citizens. The Unique ID Authority of India, headed by technocrat Nandan Nilekani started working in August 2009 to provided Aadhar card to 1.5 billion citizens of the country. Bidari-Prasanna added that the state aims to cover at least 90 per cent of its entire 10-10.5 crore population under this project by March 2012.
UID, a multipurpose card, is an important document that meets the Know Your Customer norms. A UID card will be valid to open a bank account, Liquefied Petroleum Gas and phone connection.
Source: Jun 25, 2011, TOI