Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on Wednesday addressed a letter to Nandan Nilekani, chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), requesting him to select Andhra Pradesh as one of the two States to implement its pilot project as originally planned.

He reminded Mr. Nilekani that the UIDAI, which took up the project to issue unique identification number (UID) or ‘Aadhar' to every resident of the country, had already implemented its preliminary “proof concept” project successfully in Medak and Krishna districts in the State.

Mr. Rosaiah wrote the letter in the wake of reports that UIDAI would take up a pilot project in one or two States to issue Aadhar. He said Andhra Pradesh was in the forefront of implementing e-governance initiatives and was the first in the country in using biometrics (iris) to issue ration cards to all families.

Using the technique, the State government was de-duplicating the entire data relating to ration-cards. As a result, a single integrated database, covering 82 million residents in the State, could be created.