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Union Cabinet approves UID number projects
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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The union cabinet Friday approved a bill to accord legal backup to the project providing unique identification numbers for the residents of the country. The bill titled the National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010 was approved by the cabinet in its meeting here chaired by Prime Minister Monmohan Singh, said an official release.
The cabinet also decided to give the go-ahead to the introduction of the bill in parliament in its upcoming winter session, the statement added.
“The bill seeks to constitute a statutory authority to be called the National Identification Authority of India (NIAI) and lay down its powers and functions, besides the framework for issuing unique identity (UID) numbers to be known as aadhaar numbers,” the statement said.
The project will involve an expenditure of Rs. 3,023.01 crore which includes a sum to fund the various components of the project by March 2011 and recurring establishment costs for the entire project phase of five years ending March 2014.
The 12-digit unique identification (UID) number, or Aadhaar, will not have special numbers like 1947 or 1111 that can make the number susceptible to theft or misuse.
Apart from reserving two special values for the first and the last digits, the remaining digits of the number will be generated randomly when one requests a new ID, according to the UIDAI.

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