THE Unique ID number will now be known by its brand name Aadhaar.The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Monday unveiled the UIDs name and logo at a day-long seminar here.The government plans to issue 600 million Aadhaar numbers over the next four years,through various registrar agencies.ET had reported about the branding exercise earlier this month.
We wanted a name that could effectively communicate its transformational potential.The acronym UID is confusing.Some people call it DUI,somebody calls it IUD and so forth.Aadhaar was chosen as it can work across all regional languages too, Nandan Nilekani,chairman UIDAI,told reporters here.We are going to have 800-million people in our workforce by 2020.In order to ensure that they are a source of valuable human capital,we must connect them effectively to the services they need in health,education and employment, Mr Nilekani said.
People living below the poverty line will get Rs 100 each as they are allotted the Aadhaar number.The Finance Commission has made a grant of about Rs 2,980 crore for the incentive for getting registered in the Aadhaar scheme.This is because people might forego a days income to travel and get themselves enrolled.
UIDAI is also in talks with banks to make sure that the Rs 100 is directly credited to peoples bank accounts.This way,people who are not financially included will also be allotted a bank account number.We are in initial talks for the same, an official with UIDAI said.
Iris scan will be used along with fingerprints for collecting biometric data of citizens.Many people have rough fingertips as a result of their jobs.Besides,babies dont even have properly built fingers.Iris scan will ensure these challenges are taken care of, RS Sharma,DG,UIDAI,said.About 10 fingerprints,a photo and iris scan will be collected as part of biometric data per person.
Currently,the UIDAI is executing proof of concepts (PoCs) in three states Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka and Bihar.These PoCs will enable certain systems to be tested before the concept is scaled up.The cost per enrolment is about Rs 31 in these PoCs for the government.The authority plans to complete field-testing on enrolment and biometric processes by mid-July and roll out the first set of numbers from August,this year.It plans to roll out the first set of Aadhaar numbers by February next year.
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