The proposed unique multi-purpose national id cards would be issued to all citizens by 2010-2011, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said in Chennai on Monday.
In the first phase this year, 1.2 crore people in about 3,331 coastal villages and cities would receive the national id cards, he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Chennai.
The national id card will be given to 110 crore people by 2010-2011. Government has set up a Unique Identification Authority of India to implement the project aimed at obviating the need for multiple proofs of identity for citizens while availing any government service or for personal needs like opening bank accounts or seeking telephone connections.
According to Wikipedia
AADHAAR is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India to all residents of India on a voluntary basis. The number can be used to get social benefits from both the Central and State Governments called Direct Benefit Transfer. UIDAI launched AADHAAR program in the tribal village, Tembhli, in Shahada, Nandurbar, Maharashtra on 29 September 2010. The program was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The first resident to receive an AADHAAR was Ranjana Sonawane of Tembhli village.
Above news source: Indian Express
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