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PM to chair advisory panel of UIAI

delhi Updated: Aug 12, 2009 09:06 IST

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The first meeting of the 11-member council headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to advise the newly created Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) will be held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"The meeting would set out the mission statement for the authority," PMO sources told PTI.

The council constituted by the Prime Minister has Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, Sharad Pawar, P Chidambaram, S M Krishna, M Veerappa Moily, Kapil Sibal, C P Joshi, Mallikarjun Kharge and A Raja as its members.

Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and UIAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani are also the part of this council.

The council will advise UIAI on the programme, methodology and implementation of the project to ensure coordination with the ministries and stakeholders.

Nilekani had last month said the first set of Unique Identification Numbers would be issued to the citizens within 12 to 18 months. These numbers would not only provide an identity to citizens but would also help them in obtaining benefits of various government schemes, besides other activities like opening bank accounts and availing electricity connection.