New Logo of India Aadhaar Project April 26th, 2010 is an historic day as the new relevant name and logo unveiled for UID and named as Aadhaar, which promises to be issued to 1.2 billion residents of India, has a unique 12 digit identification number in it. The logo was selected out of 2000 entries nationwide. It was designed by one among the 2000 entrants, Atul Sudhakarrao Pande of Mumbai and he was handed over a cheque of Rs.1 lakh as prize money. He is a designer by profession and he was informed by his sister about the competition.
The new logo is depicted with yellow coloured sun and at the centre with a fingerprint in it.
The UID authority has been allocated with Rs.1,900 crores in the current financial year which is to be ended by March, 2011 and out of which Rs.1,300 crores will be spent to enable the registrars to get people to be enrolled into the system and the remaining Rs.600 crores will be spent on IT infrastructure set up for this purpose to prepare the UID – Aadhaar, apart from this cost the 13th Finance Commission has sanctioned Rs.3,000 crores for the coming five years, as the money is not an issue here.
The earlier system has sanctioned Rs.2,989 crores as district innovation funds and also for improving statistical systems at each district/taluk level and also towards setting up a employees and pensioners database.
According to Nilekani, the UIDAI head envisaged that there will be only one software developer who is going to work with the registrars and the process will be biometric with the help of IRIS besides all the ten fingerprints. In the case of children the formation of fingerprints will not take place till six years of age and in other cases there could be chances of worn out of fingerprints for labourers.
At present the UIDAI is executing the PoCs i.e., Proof of Concepts in only three states - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar. These will be taken up as Pilot Study before the concept is scaled up. The authority is planning to complete the process of field testing on enrolment and also biometric processes before the month of July this year.
Aadhar identification number in India and rolling out PAN cards In principle the Income Tax department is agreed with Unique Identification Authority of India that the PAN cards will have the same 16 digit Aadhaar number. As in this aspect the series of meetings between the UIDAI Chief and Union Finance Minister is in the process to work out the modalities.
The Aadhaar which was known as Unique Identification Number will be issued immediately once the process of collecting the prints of all ten fingers, face and IRIS, but the biometric PAN cards could be delayed due to the recent collaboration between the two UIDAI and Income Tax department, as it was notices earlier that duplicate PAN cards were recovered during the IT searches and several raids conducted by Police and Enforcement Agencies, but now such negative issues will be capped by UID number itself to eradicate the duplicity, therefore the Income Tax authorities has put on hold for issuance of new biometric PAN cards to avoid duplication with the UID numbers, as the new biometric PAN cards will have two fingerprints from each hand of tax assessee and also the face. Under these processes it is hoped that the duplication or manipulation of biometric cards is next to impossible matter.
By February, 2011 the new scheme Aadhaar 16-Digit number may be rolled out and this process will curtail a person to have more one PAN card.
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