The central government has appointed Infosys Technologies co-chairman Nandan Nilekani as head of Identification Project, which aims to provide a Unique Identification Number to India’s citizens.
After a cabinet meeting, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister told media persons that the move to establish the UID Authority of India (UIDAI) ), under the aegis of the Planning Commission, is intended to provide a unique identity to the targeted population of the flagship schemes to ensure that the benefits reach them.
She informed that as chairman of the body, Nilekani will have Cabinet minister rank and status.
“The authority shall have the responsibilities to lay down plans and policies to implement the Unique Identification Scheme (UID), shall own and operate the Unique Identification Number database and be responsible for its updation and maintenance on an ongoing basis,” she said.
The authority will identify the targeted groups for various flagship programmes, she added.
The flagship schemes of the UPA include the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, National Rural Health Mission and Bharat Nirman.
The unique identification number would ensure that any lacuna in these schemes is removed so that the benefits do not reach those they are not meant for.