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UID’s Delhi launch on R-Day

You will soon have your unique identification number. The Delhi government has decided to launch the scheme to give Delhiites unique identification (UID) number on January 26.

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2011 02:13 IST
Atul Mathur

You will soon have your unique identification number. The Delhi government has decided to launch the scheme to give Delhiites unique identification (UID) number on January 26.

Senior Delhi government officials said they intend to the complete the process in a year’s time.

“We are in process of finalising the enrolment agencies. The chief minister is likely to launch the scheme on Republic Day,” Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta said.

According to senior officials, Delhi government had started giving out UIDs to the city’s 40 lakh homeless in October 2010. Officials said the government will now start enrolling the rest of Delhi.

“There will be one enrolment agency in each of the nine districts of Delhi... we are finalising everything,” Mehta said.

Officials said Delhi government’s Mission Convergence is the nodal agency for enrolling the homeless for the UID. Officials said about 1,200 homeless in Delhi have already been issued UID.

UID, also known as ‘Aadhaar’, is a 12-digit unique number, which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue to all citizens of India.

Officials, however, said contrary to general perception, UID will not be a card.

“We will generate the number and send a communication to individuals. We expect residents to either memorise, write or store the number,” UIDAI deputy director general Ashok Pal Singh said.

According to Singh, the enrolment agency will collect the demographics (name, age, residence and other such details) and biometrics (photograph, 10 fingerprints and iris) of each individual.

“The biometric information of each individual will be matched with the details of the individuals already issued the unique number. If the details do not match, the unique number would be generated,” Singh said.

Singh said there will be several banks, post-offices and offices of oil marketing companies where residents would be able to submit their demographic and biometric details.

“The individuals will get their unique number within 20-30 days of registering their details,” Singh said. He added that the UIDAI is close to issuing one million UIDs.