Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday laid the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art data centre of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) at Manesar, which will provide a 24x7 monitoring and operation support. UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani was present on the occasion.
IMT Manesar, the industrial hub neighbouring the Millennium City, is now also housing major government offices and centres.
Several departments of the central government have opened their offices and centres in the industrial township due to accessibility of the area from the international airport in Delhi and proximity to Gurgaon's established infrastructure.
While the income tax department has established its central processing centre at IMT's IT park, the ministry of corporate affairs has also set up a 14-acre Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) here.
The UIDAI centre, to be completed by 2014, will be a 'green' building and housed in a blast-proof concrete structure adhering to the design as per the seismic zone-V compliance requirement, said an official.
Nearly 1.6 billion enrolments that the UIDAI is targeting by 2030 for issuing the Aadhaar number, a 12-digit unique individual identification number, will be facilitated by the data centre. The centre will serve as central repository for UIDAI to store the citizens' basic demographic and biometric information. It will support application for enrolment, authentication services etc.
Aadhaar enables easy access to government benefits and prevents duplication due to the unique number. About 21 crore citizens have so far been given the Aadhaar number.
Direct benefit transfer scheme
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday launched the 'direct benefit transfer' scheme in the state. It has been launched through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) for student beneficiaries under the central government special coaching scheme of the ministry of labour and employment.
Hooda handed over Rs 500 each to two beneficiaries, who are from Hisar district. The students were able to withdraw their scholarship amount through Aadhaar-enabled Micro-ATMs just by providing their Aadhaar number and using their fingerprints.
The scheme will soon be expanded in other districts, said Hooda.
The CM also announced to set up an English-medium model school in Manesar. "It will be managed by a reputed educational society for the benefit of village students," said Hooda.