P. Sujatha Varma
Next phase will be implemented in Karnataka, Jharkhand
VIJAYAWADA: Challenges galore for the team associated with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), but the bureaucrats heading the team are determined to meet them head-on. The UIDAI has been set up by the Union Government to issue a unique identification number to all the residents in the country.
“The biggest challenge we face at the moment is to make people at the grassroot level understand the importance of a unique identification number. It is important to gain their confidence to garner support for success of the drive. There are other challenges that include technology, logistics, operations and the like,” V.S. Bhaskar, Deputy Director General, UIDAI, told The Hindu on Friday.
Mr. Bhaskar, who is in-charge of the UIDAI drive in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand, visited the four enrolment stations set up at Poranki panchayat office under Penamaluru mandal in Krishna district to understand the ground situation, essentially the layout of the enrolment stations where a PoC (Proof-of-Concept) study is in progress to collect biometric information of the local people.
“A key requirement of the UID system is to minimise and eliminate duplicate UIDs to improve the efficacy of the service delivery. Use of biometric technologies is a possible way to ensure uniqueness of IDs so that one resident gets only one ID,” he explained, adding:
“It is necessary to ensure that the biometric information captured is capable of carrying out the de-duplication at the time of collection of information.”
The UIDAI proposes to create a platform to first collect the identity details and then perform authentication that can be used by various government and private service providers.
The next phase of the drive would be implemented in Karnataka and Jharkhand, he said.