UIDAI aims to cover 60-crore citizens under 'Aadhaar'

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 05, 2013 10:22 hrs

Hyderabad: Noting that Aadhaar was an "irreversible process", Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani today said they have targeted to enroll 60 crore people by 2014.

"As of now we have done 45 crore enrolment and by 2014 we will have done 60 crore enrolment, which is one out of every two residents of India. We have so far issued Aadhar numbers to 37 crore people," Nilekani told reporters after a review meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy this afternoon.

He said the entire process might take a few more years to be complete.

"Today we have Aadhar generation capacity of 20 crore a year. So it will take a few more years. I dont know how long it will take, but it will happen. Now its an irreversible process," the UIDAI Chairman said in reply to a question.

Questioned about the inordinate delay in enrolment and issue of Adhar numbers, Nilekani observed: "There will be issues and we have also had a backlog. We are sensitive to this and we are doing everything we can to address that. This is a very large project. Forty-five crore enrolments is huge. There are some challenges and we will handle all those things."

What are the challenges, he was asked to which Nilekani said, "If we have enrolled 80-90 per cent of the population. The balance 10 per cent is what we have agreed. Now we have to find out where they are. They may be in some remote area҅some tribal area. Now we have to go and find them.

Its always the last 5-10 per cent that is the most (challenging). We have to find where they are."

He said they would henceforth look at an entire state on PIN code basis.

"We will see which PIN code has less enrolments and will have special enrolment camps in those areas to catch up with everybody," he added.

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