What is UID (Unique IDentification) number?
Posted Date: 03-Oct-2010
Government has started allotting UID number to every citizen of India. According to government's plans, UID numbers shall be allotted to everybody till 2011. So let's study that what is this UID number.
Government has started allotting UID number to every citizen of India. According to government's plans, UID numbers shall be allotted to everybody till 2011. Government has selected the co-chairman of Infosys, Mr. Nandan Neelekani, for this purpose. Thus he is the chief of this new organization.
What is UID?
UID project is a very ambitious project of UPA government. Under the planning commission, a UID Authority of India (UIDAI) shall be formed for this project. This organization will make sure that any non-social element could not take its benefit in any way.
Under UID program, every Indian citizen shall be allotted a unique number. By this, not only the solution of the worries of country's internal security could be obtained, rather also a systematic mechanism could be developed for public distribution of objects and series. Individuals' picture and biometric data is added to diminish any fraud of identification of individual. Also, there would be a facility for people of easy registration and to modify their personal details.
'One card' for every purpose
UID cards will be such smart cards that will bear all the details of the individual concerned. Also, it will have individual's finger prints and photograph. UID card shall not be allotted only to adults rather they shall also be allotted to citizens below the age of 18. The main motive of this card is to demolish the arrangement of different identity proofs in different government departments.
Government has an idea of spending 6 million dollars on smart cards.
Where will be 'Pilot Project'?
Government has selected Karnataka as pilot state for this project. National Authority for Unique Identity (NAUI) has said state government to implement this project this project on a small scale.
In Karnataka, the responsibility of this project will be in the hands of e-governance department. Department will collect the database identifying the rural and urban areas and will judge its compatibility.
When the project will get completed?
This project will take a long time period to get completed. The reason is the entry of births, deaths, marriages, passport data, bank account and ration card in a single database. Also, this will result in the convenience of various offices. You can explore the central database directly to update your accounts.
Government has an idea that this project will take a time period of 3 years to get completed.
How will this project be beneficial for IT companies?
National ID Card Project will be a source of heavy demand for Information Technology Products and Solutions. This means that TCS will provide a good business to large local IT companies like Wipro and Infosys. Of course, this a very good fact for local companies at the time when markets of America and Europe are facing recession.
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