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UID enrollment begins with CM
Published on 4 Mar. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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A 12-digit Unique Identification Number (UID) a.k.a. AADHAAR enrolment process, that would identify 1.2 billion residents of the country, commenced Thursday in Nagaland with chief minister Neiphiu Rio being the first to be enrolled.
A team headed by home ministry deputy director general S.K. Chakrabarty, along with Census director V. Hekali Zhimomi and other officials called on chief minister and took his biometric details like fingerprints of all ten fingers, iris and photograph, a DIPR bulletin reports.
The actual enrolment drive in the state would commence soon after the issue of UID of state chief minister.
The UID project that seeks to assign number to each individual in the country would obviate the need for a person to produce multiple documentary proofs of his identity for availing of any government service, or private services like opening of a bank account.
It would remain a permanent identifier right from birth to death of the individual.
This would end needless harassment that people face for availing of basic government services like issuance of passports, driving licenses and electoral identity cards.
The UID would greatly facilitate easy verification of a person’s identity and enable a single communication to trigger address changes in all relevant agencies records. It would also serve as the basis for many e-Governance services incorporating online verification of a person’s identity.
The scheme envisages that at the inception, the UID number will be assigned to all voters by building on current electoral roll data and progressively adding other persons including persons below 18 years of age who are not a part of the voters list in the country.
The scheme is designed to leverage intensive usage of the UID for multiple purposes to provide an efficient and convenient mechanism to update information. Photographs and biometric data would be added progressively to make the identification foolproof.
The 12-digit UID number would have an additional four digits that will be hidden from the common man.

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