UID to enroll 600 mn members in 4 years: Nandan Nilekani
KOLKATA: The government’s
ambitious unique ID project will start rolling out the UID numbers over
the next few days and will enroll 600 million members in the first three
to four years, Nandan Nilekani, the chairperson of the UID Authority of
India (UIDAI), said in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Mr Nilekani once again clarified that UID will not be a proof of citizenship
but will be an online authentication system to verify a person’s identity.
UIDAI has registered 220-odd enrolment agencies who will collect data on
behalf of the registrars.
The authority has made sure that all entities collecting data follows the
same quality standards for which hardware and software specifications have
been laid down. The entire system will have the capability to process a
million data each day.
“We are developing a system that will also enable verification over mobile
network and use simple devices like mobile phones attached with biometric
equipment. UID will comprise of name, date of birth, s*x and father’s name
along with fingerprints as well as both the irises. The online verification
system will just take about 7-8 seconds to authenticate and the answer will
come in the form of a simple ‘yes or no’,” he said.
“Once the enrolment process is started and numbers are assigned to individuals
various services and applications based on the UID system will be developed.
These applications can offer various services to masses at large. It will
essentially help in offering better delivery services by the government
in sectors like public distribution system, healthcare and disbursement
of pension as well as banking facilities,” he added.
Interestingly, Mr Nilekani informed that the RBI is in the process of rolling
out a road map for financial inclusion along with banks and institutions
can develop applications based on the UID systems. Nevertheless, including
people outside the system, with no proof of identity, is a challenge. Therefore
UIDAI has devised a system where a non-government organisation (NGO) or
an introducer can stand guarantee for such persons.