Unique ID project set to meet target: Nilekani

June 17th, 2011 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 17 (IANS) The target of generating 600 million unique ID cards by 2014 would be achieved, Nandan Nilekani, chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said here Friday.

“We will achieve the target of generating 600 million unique identity cards (UID) by 2014. Till now we have generated 95 lakh and enrolled around two crore people,” Nilekani said at a press conference.

He is here to review the progress of the unique ID card process in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

He said the work is currently progressing in 11 states.

Till Friday, 6.5 lakh unique cards have been generated and 20 lakh people have been enrolled in Jharkhand, Nilekani said.

Andhra Pradesh tops in the project followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Asked whether any parameters have been set in border areas of the country for generating unique ID cards, he said the cards “are proof of residency of a person and it is not a proof of nationality”.

Nilekani arrived here Friday morning and met Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who has assured all help in completing the task.

The UID project, when completed, will eliminate the need for multiple identification mechanisms. The permanent ID card will carry a unique number, photograph and biometric data.

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