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Microsoft wants to be part of unique identity project: Gates
Published on 24 Jul. 2009 11:15 PM IST
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Terming the unique identity project as a “great initiative”, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Friday said the software giant wanted to partner with India in the ambitious project that will give a unique identity number to each of its citizens. “Microsoft wants to be a part of the unique identification project,” Gates told a conference organized by the IT industry lobby, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom). “I am very excited about the project. It is a great initiative. We need to make sure that every data is accurate. From a mobile phone number to anything,” he said. Gates added that he would meet Nandan Nilekani, who heads the Unique Identification Authority of India, Friday night to discuss the details of the project. Gates is in Delhi to receive the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on behalf of the Gates Foundation. The foundation is being recognised for “pioneering and exemplary philanthropic work around the world and in India in health”. Gates, however, pointed out that the applications in banking and healthcare is yet to come up in a big way. Talking about India’ infrastructure, Gates said: “Lack of roads is a big problem. India needs more roads which mean more investment, something on the lines of Green Revolution of late 1960s.” According to him, the government’s information and communication technology (ICT) projects for students “are yet to reach the level required”. “How different is education today?”, he asked.

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