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Maharashtra To Get Mobile Aadhaar Centers Shortly
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(Monday, June 03, 2013 3:09:19 PM IST)
Out of its 11.23 crore population, the state has witnessed around 54 per cent people enroll for Aadhaar.

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Now You Can Book Appointments For Aadhaar Online!

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Aadhaar card, which is on the lines of the US social security number, is not yet mandatory, though the government has plans to make it a mandatory document ...

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Courier Cos Invited To Deliver Aadhaar Cards
(Friday, February 24, 2012 10:17:16 AM IST)
The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) has invited expression of interest (EOI) from courier firms to deliver Aadhaar cards. The courier firms should preferably have pan-India delivery capability and apply in the given format by 27 February and appear for a presentation on 6 March 2012, at the UIDAI headquarters in New Delhi, R S Sharma, the director general of UIDAI, recently said. Sharma admitted, "It's related to production data and unless the issues are resolved it cannot be made functional." [Via TOI]

Nilekani Team Moots 1 Million Mini-ATMs In Villages
(Friday, February 24, 2012 10:01:48 AM IST)
These mini-ATMs will be helpful in transferring salaries and benefits of different social schemes of the Government.

Magnitude Of Aadhaar Project Is Unparalleled: Nilekani
(Friday, February 24, 2012 8:32:01 AM IST)
"The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been able to enroll residents, through multiple registrars, on a large scale across the country. In little over 17 months, about 200 million residents have enrolled for Aadhaar. The magnitude and complexity of the operation is unparalleled," Nandan Nilekani, chairman of UIDAI told HT. Now the Authority is working on to address the challenges it faced in terms of enrollment process, technology scaling up, communication strategy to reach out to the residents of the country before the enrollment of the next 400 million.

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Aadhaar Authentication Service Launched In Jharkhand
(Saturday, February 11, 2012 11:24:13 AM IST)
The roll-out of the new programme by UIDAI will help people see the tangible benefits of Aadhaar.

Phase 2: UIDAI To Add 400 Million People
(Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:14:04 AM IST)
"We have got the mandate to add another 400 million people. So we felt it was a good opportunity for us to take stock of all our achievement, examine all our process, technology, our audit etc. and see how we can make any slight improvements or tweaks. And then we definitely intend to roll it out by April," Nandan Nilekani, chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) recently said. "We will be conducting multiple tries which means you try the finger two-three times and it will work better. Second thing is we are conducting best finger detection. Out of your 10 fingers which one can give the best authentication so we have prepared a software for that," he added. [Via India Today]

"Aadhaar To Help Reduce Duplicates In PDS"
(Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:06:57 AM IST)
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee believes in UID as the basis for reforms in the public distribution system (PDS). "Use of the Aadhaar number in PDS will reduce duplicates, fakes and ghost beneficiaries in PDS databases which will result in reducing wastage and diversion in the system. Portability of benefits in PDS is of critical importance due to the migrant nature of India's poor population who are the most important targets of the Food Security Act. An Aadhaar-enabled system makes access to PDS benefits portable across a state and also the country," he recently said while addressing a conference on public distribution system in the capital. As PDS faces challenges like leakages and diversion of foodgrains, fake ration cards, lack of transparency, viability of fair price shops, etc., the best way to address these is through leveraging Aadhaar for unique identification, the minster added. [Via TOI]

"Aadhaar Smarter Than Smart Cards"
(Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:59:29 PM IST)
Armed with Aadhaar, a person could get his telephone connection or open a bank account anywhere in the country.

Now, Aakash-Aadhaar Combo To Fight Corruption!
(Tuesday, February 07, 2012 1:14:35 PM IST)
Aakash may be performing a major task of fighting graft in tandem with Aadhaar, hints Kapil Sibal.

UIDAI To Launch APB Scheme In Ramgarh
(Monday, February 06, 2012 10:15:33 AM IST)
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has announced plans to launch the Aadhaar payment bridge (APB) scheme in Ramgarh in the presence of R S Sharma, the director general of UIDAI, on Wednesday. Using the Aadhaar platform, the banks will disburse other social welfare scheme payments; these include old age pension and stipends to students of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. UIDAI media officer Madan Kumar said, "Once the Aadhaar data bank successfully identified the NREGA labourers, we were confident that the system would work for other citizens seeking old age pension or educational stipend." [Source: TOI]

Aadhaar Relies On 2,000 Sq Ft Data Centre
(Saturday, February 04, 2012 10:54:55 AM IST)
The centre is located in a nondescript building in the eastern part of Bengaluru.

UIDAI Emphasises On Proper Data Sharing
(Friday, February 03, 2012 2:37:38 PM IST)
"Government programmes stand to further gain by the usage of analytics and reporting. With the move to digitisation in many programmes, huge amounts of data are getting generated. Having a clear analytics and reporting strategy in place can ensure this data is harnessed and used to improve operations and delivery of services," says a recently released report by UIDAI. The report entitled Analytics: Empowering Operation, the UIDAI Experience also adds, "Government programmes are characterised by complexity and challenges on the ground... usage of analytics and reporting helps meet some of these." [Via Deccan Herald]

UIDAI Decides To Review Biometric Data Collection Process
(Thursday, February 02, 2012 2:07:03 AM IST)
The Authority plans to do a complete review in the next two months and begin the process of collection of data only from April.

Got Your Aadhaar Number? Enroll For NPR Too
(Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:33:13 AM IST)
All citizens need to mandatorily get the union home ministry's national identity card, even if they have got their unique identification (UID) or an Aadhaar number. But in case you have still not applied for a UID card, you can get both Aadhaar number and the identity card after visiting one of the ministry's camps organised for collecting biometric details for National Population Register (NPR). An HT report quoted home minister P Chidambaram as saying that biometric details of those with Aadhaar numbers would not be collected again. However, the information provided for creating a UID card will be verified in the NPR data. "In case of variance, NPR data prevails and Aadhaar will be corrected," he clarified.

UIDAI Back On Track; P Chidambaram, Nilekani Strike Deal
(Saturday, January 28, 2012 3:48:53 PM IST)
The Cabinet committee has cleared an additional Rs 57.91 billion for the UIDAI after its chief Nilekani assured that the security concerns raised by the Home Ministry would be addressed.

UIDAI Asks Karnataka To Halt Aadhaar Enrollments
(Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:40:23 AM IST)
Following instructions from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Karnataka will halt enrollments for Aadhaar by 15 February 2012 at all 2,245 centres across the state. A letter has been sent to Deputy Commissioners, in 23 districts where Aadhaar is being rolled out, by the state department of e-governance. The letter informs them of the UIDAI's decision to stop enrollments. It also adds that “further enrollments are likely to be done by an agency to be designated by the Government of India”. [Source: The Hindu]

No Clash Over Aadhaar: Chidambaram
(Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:30:12 AM IST)
Union home minister P Chidambaram recently refuted the existence of any differences between his ministry and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on the issue of Aadhaar and smart cards issued by his ministry. "There is no clash between Aadhaar and the smart card issued by the home ministry," he said while launching the distribution of Resident Identity cards in the main land under National Population Registry (NPR) in Pattipulam village near Chennai. [Via IBNLive.com]

Biometrics In Aadhaar Highly Accurate: Report
(Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:14:25 AM IST)
"UIDAI's biometric capability for enrollments is ready to handle high turnout, accuracy and scale."

BJP: UID Poses Threat To Nation's Security
(Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:00:10 AM IST)
"In many parts of India, infiltrators from Bangladesh are there, there are people from Pakistan living in parts, they are not citizens of India, but terror, trouble and destablisation is fermented by them...The UID would include all residents, not citizens. So the overlapping between the national population register and UID, who will answer it?" Ravi Shankar Prasad, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked. BJP is of the view that inclusion of all Indian residents in the unique identification (UID) or Aadhaar scheme could pose a threat to security of the country by giving illegal migrants rights of citizens. [Via ET]

UID Project May Cost Rs 150 Per Person
(Saturday, January 21, 2012 1:47:25 AM IST)
While the war of words between home minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia over UIDAI's future may halt next week, the total cost of allocating unique identification (UID) or Aadhaar numbers to all 1.2 billion Indian residents may not cross Rs 180 billion. Aadhaar project mission director Ram Sewak Sharma said, "The de-duplication work has been brought down to just Rs 2.75 per person and the entire outsourcing work will cost Rs 50 per citizen. The total cost may run up to Rs 150 per person which amounts to Rs 180 billion." [Via HT]

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