Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will launch the national unique identity (UID) programme in tribal-dominated Nandurbar and Mumbai suburban district later this month.
Chief Secretary, J.P. Dange said that the dates of the prime minister’s tour were not finalised. “It is a matter of great hour for Maharashtra because the PM has selected our state to launch the national programme,” Dange said.
The biometric card will have 13 mandatory identification proofs, such as the impression of your eyes and fingerprints, all the information about your family.
The state government, which has teamed up with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), plans on collecting the information from November 1, and hopes to finish early next year. This programme will be called “ADHAR”.
Conceived by the Union Planning Commission, the UID will be given to each resident across the country. It will be used primarily as the basis for the efficient delivery of state welfare services.
The UID will also act as a tool for effective monitoring of state programmes and schemes. The Centre will give the state government a grant of Rs 50 each for the first 10 crore registrations. The remaining expenditure will be borne by the state government. The state government will give Rs 100 each for registering more than four crore people below poverty line.