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UIDAI aims to cover 60-crore citizens under ‘Aadhaar’

Noting that Aadhaar was an ‘irreversible process’, unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) chairman Nandan Nilekani on Friday said they have targeted to enroll 60 crore people by 2014.

‘As of now we have done 45 crore enrolment and by 2014 we will have done 60 crore enrolment, which is one out of every two residents of India. We have so far issued Aadhar numbers to 37 crore people,’ Nilekani told reporters after a review meeting with Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy this afternoon.

He said the entire process might take a few more years to be complete. ‘Today we have Aadhar generation capacity of 20 crore a year. So it will take a few more years. I dont know how long it will take, but it will happen. Now its an irreversible process,’ the UIDAI Chairman said in reply to a question.

Questioned about the inordinate delay in enrolment and issue of Adhar numbers, Nilekani observed: ‘There will be issues and we have also had a backlog. We are sensitive to this and we are doing everything we can to address that. This is a very large project. Forty-five crore enrolments is huge. There are some challenges and we will handle all those things.’
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