Singh also said the rolling out of the unique numbers displayed a symbol of a new and modern India. "We are moving fast in the field of technology."
He said the issuing of unique identity cards is a beginning of a big effort for the welfare of the common man.
"The poor did not have any identity proof. Due to this shortcoming, they could not open bank accounts or get ration cards. They could not avail the benefits of government welfare programmes because of this and many times, these benefits were pocketed by others," Singh said.
The 'Aadhaar' number will be for lifetime and can be used anywhere in the country, the Prime Minister said, adding the project will help in National Integration.
"I hope that soon every Indian will have an Aadhaar number," he said.
Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi distribute the Unique Identification (UID) project cards to tribal community members in Tembhali, Maharashtra, on Wednesday.