The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is speeding up the process of issuing unique identity documents and numbers to Indian citizens, with two crore numbers generated in October alone.

“Aadhaar numbers are now generated on a large scale. While in 2010 it took three months to cross 10 lakh numbers, we have the capability to generate 10 lakh numbers a day now,” said a statement from UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani.

“We have been able to achieve this speed and scale due to our multiple registrar models as well as a scalable technical architecture.” Registrars and other stakeholders have an “incentive-aligned operating model of payment”.

A little over a year since the first Aadhaar number was distributed in a tribal region of Maharashtra, 5.96 crore numbers have been issued. About 20,000 enrolment stations are being run by about 50 registrars across the country.

With the increase in generation of numbers, the stage is set for rolling out various Aadhaar-based applications for improved services.

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