Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Aadhaar Cards issued 13.8 cr till March

The UIDAI has issued 13.80 crore Aadhaar cards till March 7, Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar has said. "As plenty of as 13.80 crore Aadhaar have been issued as on March 7, 2012, against 19.29 (crore) resident knowledge packets received at the Central Identities Knowledge Repository," Kumar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. Till February, the expenditure incurred for UIDAI roll out stood at Rs 773.24 crore. Kumar said the government has approved cost estimates of Rs 8,962 crore for phases I, II and III of the process for the period up to March, 2017. They said the Standing Committee on Finance in its document on the National Identification Authority Bill, 2010, has said that Aadhaar numbers be given to every resident and there ought to not be any restriction. "Enrolment of residents is carried out by registrars who collect biometric and demographic knowledge through enrolment agencies. The UIDAI has been giving assistance to Registrars at the rate of Rs 50 per successful aadhaar generation," Kumar said. The Aadhaar process aims to provide each citizen with a 12-digit unique number to make positive, among other things, that the funds apportioned by the Centre for various schemes directly reach the beneficiaries.