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Nandan Nilekani meets Chief Secretary

Government will be able to finish process of issuing UIN ahead of target date

Database collected for different purposes to be used

CHENNAI: The State government will be able to complete the process of issuing unique identification numbers ahead of the target date set by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chief Nandan M. Nilekani, officials informed him here on Wednesday.

Mr.Nilekani held discussions with K.S. Sripathi, Chief Secretary, and a team of State government officials on the implementation of the system of issuing unique identification numbers to people of the State. After a 90-minute-long presentation to the officials, Mr Nilekani told The Hindu that basically, the exercise was consultation in nature. He explained to them the approach to be adopted.

Describing the meeting as preliminary, Mr Sripathi said the discussion centred on modalities. Database collected for different purposes such as enrolment of membership of various welfare boards and enumeration of fishermen in coastal areas would be used.

In its order last month, the State government constituted State Level Advisory Board, headed by Chief Secretary. The Board included Chief Electoral Officer, Commissioner of Revenue Administration (CRA) and Principal Secretaries in charge of Home, Finance, Revenue, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and Information Technology. Through another order, the government also decided that the CRA would be the nodal officer for coordinating all the activities related to unique identification number and the work of census activities.

Government agencies and State governments have reacted positively to the UIDAI proposals, he said. He has already met the Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Meghalaya governments and plans to meet all the State governments by the end of the year.