Centre commences unique ID project for all Indian citizens

January 28th, 2009 - 11:34 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.28 (ANI): The project related to assigning of a unique identification number to every citizen of the country got a start with the government notifying setting up of a national authority for the purpose.
The project will ensure a permanent ID card. The special card will carry a unique number, photograph and biometric data of every citizen of the country. It will also have details regarding from birth till death. It would also cover children.
The initiative is mainly targetted at cutting down identity-related frauds and addressing security issues, among others aims.
The National Authority for Unique Identify (UID), an entity being set up under the Planning Commission of India, will provide the identification number. It will work in cooperation with the similar bodies being set up at the state level, authoritative sources told the news agency.
At the outset, the UID number will be assigned to all voters by building on current electoral roll data. Progressively, other persons, including those under 18 years of age, will be added to the list.
Photographs and biometric data would be added to make the identification fool-proof, sources said, adding easy registration and information change procedures are also being envisaged for the benefit of the people. (ANI)

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