Nilekani Assumes Office

Nandan Nilekani, Infosys co-founder, has assumed charge as head of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI), a body constituted for creating a national database of identity details of citizens.

Nilekani said that the first set of database, as announced by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his budget speech, would be ready in 12 to 18 months time.

“We will be issuing the first set of identification numbers in 12 to 18 months,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

He said that Ram Sevak Sharma, a 1978 batch Jharkhand cadre IAS officer, will take over as Secretary and CEO of the organisation.

Nilekani, who was appointed as head of UIAI on July 13, said that it would take few weeks for them to “get the team together”.

“We will use biometrics, but we still have not decided what that set will be,” he said.

“It will take us few weeks to stabilise and figure out the team size. It will take us few weeks to get our thoughts together,” he added.

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