State residents to get UID cards
Chandigarh January 18:
The Punjab Government announced the launch of the Unique Identification Number (UID) project Aadhaar in the state. Likely to be implemented in the middle of February, this would make Punjab the first state in the country to implement the Government of India project to the village level in the entire state.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon while announcing this today said this would also check the problems arising out of inter-state migration. He said Punjab has told Nandan Nilekani, chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that the state will comply with the mandate of the UIDAI to “issue every resident a unique identification number linked to the resident’s demographic and biometric information, which they can use to identify themselves anywhere in India.”
The project will allot a unique identification number to every resident of the state from a newborn to the eldest in the family, he said. The entire population of the state is expected to be given the 12 digit UID by the end of September, he added. Kairon said the number will remain with the person for life, even if the address and other particulars change. The UID is based on a similar logic as the social security number adopted in the Western countries.
The UID card will carry biometric or iris scan, finger prints and photographs besides the name, address, date of birth, etc. of the person. This card will be given free of cost. The cards will be produced on the spot with the help of special machines. The work has been outsourced and 2,000 machines will be brought to complete the work by end of September.
The Punjab Government has appointed Alkananda Dyal, Director, Food and Supplies, Punjab, as Registrar for the UID project. Kairon said the UID card would also be linked to the blue cards for BPL families, the ration card and the LPG connections. This he said would give the state exact number of people in various socio-economic categories. The card will act as card for identification throughout the country.