‘People have started understanding uniqueness of the project'
‘Aadhaar' – the Unique Identification (UID) will emerge as a pervasive instrument across the nation since it is going to be an authenticated source of identification for all those who will possess them, said K K Sharma, Assistant Director General of Unique Identification Authority of India, Government of India.
Launching the scheme in Salem in association with Vee Technologies, a multinational IT-cum-BPO firm, which is the project's enrolment agency for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra along with project registrar, the Bank of India, here on Monday, Mr. Sharma hoped that the project would “go beyond the 2014 target of 60 crore population. The pointers show that people have started understanding the uniqueness of the project and come forward to get themselves enrolled,” he said.
The UID card had been issued to 6.5 crore people till today and 13 crore more were waiting to be issued. Mr. Sharma pointed out that it was very simple process with basic personal details and the 12-digit number would be issued through India Post to one's address. “This can be quoted for any reference to get one's identity verified. This will be enormously useful for instance in banking sector and other areas such as obtaining a vehicle licence,” he said.
In Tamil Nadu, close to five lakh people had already received their UID while 10 lakh had already been enrolled for the same. Such ‘generic identification numbers' would also enable the State and Central governments to go for a critical review of the freebies and public distribution scheme where nearly 20 to 30 per cent of leakages and seepages were being reported.
“This can also serve as a preventive mechanism against the abuse of any welfare scheme,” he said.
Collector K. Maharabushanam said that the project was a unique one that aimed to minimise many shortcomings in the administrative workings of the bureaucracy. “This can eliminate middlemen and also serve as a deterrent to illegal and anti-social activities.” He assured the UID nodal officers all support from the district administration.
Those who spoke included Chairman, Sona Group of Institutions, C. Valliappa, Secretary A. Dhirajlal, Zonal Manager, Bank of India, Coimbatore zone, S. Chandrasekaran, Chief Educational Officer N.K. Raaja Rajan, Director, TMS Eye Hospital, Lakshmi Siddharthan, and CEO, Vee Technologies, V. Chockalingam and Executive Director V. Thiagarajan.