UID will better the service delivery, reiterates Nilekani
Samir Sachdeva | August 24, 2011
Reiterating the intent of the ‘Aadhar’ project, which aims to better the state of service delivery in the country, Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said the authority is presently enrolling nearly 5 to 6 lakh people a day and would be achieving the rate of a million enrollment a day, shortly.
Providing the latest update, Nilekani said, that till date 2.87 Aadhar or UID numbers have been issued. For enrollments, the authority has collaborated with 70 partners and there are 30,000 enrollment stations across the country. Nilekani was speaking at a interactive session organised by FICCI in the Capital.
Under this initiative, the government has also embarked on expanding the financial cover through requesting banks to open the bank accounts for as much as 10crore of the population. Moreover, the banks have been asked to depute a banking correspondent (BC) over 2000 of the rural population.
On authority's mandate, he said that it is limited to assigning numbers, and that development of applications for various services and other purposes will be done by the government agencies, industry, entrepreneurs and innovators.
The first level of application will be the integration of UID with the basic government to citizen service delivery like with public distribution system, rural employment guarantee scheme, and the business to citizen services in telecom, banking and other sectors.
The authentication of the contractual and lowest level workers employed by the private and public organisations, could be an example of the second level of applications. The third and fourth level of applications would be developed by the industry, individuals or the innovators for purposes which people are not aware of yet and are unseen.
By 2014, the UIDAI has a target of assigning UID number to 60crore of the population.
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