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Unique ID: Nilekani and team have task cut out

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2009 01:06 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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It seems a tough job lies ahead of Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and his team to make sure that you get your unique identification number within the next five years.

The team, of over 100 professionals, would have to grapple with a database of over 110 crore people and that too from different sources.

In the next few weeks, the Election Commission would provide data of close to 67 crore people, who have been issued voter-identity cards. The rural development ministry would offer database of about 44 crore people, who were identified as living below the poverty line in 2002. And, the National Population Registry would provide data regarding people, who have already enrolled under the scheme.

The Unique Identification (UID) Authority, which functions from two floors in Jeevan Bharati building in Connaught Place, would then come up with its database to generate the number for every citizen.

“Each citizens will get a number which would entitle him to get his or her driving license, passport or PAN card. A citizen without the number would not be entitled for benefit from different government schemes,” a planning commission official, who did not want to be named, said.

Unique IDs would be provided to each government office to integrate with its own database for BPL cardholders, driving license, PAN card and NREGA job cards.