The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday cleared phase-V of the Unique Identification (UID) scheme to undertake enrolments in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.
With this, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been given the target of generating 100 crore Aadhaar numbers by the year 2015. “This includes UID numbers issued in respect of enrolments done under the National Population Register process in 12 states/UTs allocated to it,” the government said in a release.
“Comprehensive proposals regarding Aadhaar Sampark Kendra, Information, Education and Communication Campaigns, Document Management System and Rent Rates and Taxes, etc, will be prepared by the UIDAI and a revised cost estimate submitted for appraisal of the Expenditure Finance Committee,” the government said.
This is in line with the Modi government’s focus on Aadhaar and the PM’s emphasis on using the project for multiple purposes. In his first meeting to take stock of Aadhaar and DBT in July, the PM had directed officials to meet an enrolment of 100 crore “at the earliest”.