Rs 100,000 Cr is the estimated overall cost of the Digital India programme.
Ranchi: The Unique Identification Database Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to launch the pilot project in four states—Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and New Delhi—for collection of biometric samples of the people from August this year.
“However, people will start getting their unique identification numbers from February next year,” the UIDAI Chief Nandan Nilekani said.
Nilekani was in Ranchi on Wednesday to discuss the modalities for implementation of the project with the senior state officials.
Talking to the iGovernment on the significance of the ambitious project, Nilekani, also a former co-Chairman of the Infosys, exuded confidence of getting support from the people because of the inherent benefits of the unique ID number.
“Apart from bringing total transparency in all kinds of financial transaction, the new facility is set to ensure financial inclusion up to the remotest corner of the society,” he emphasised.
About the pilot project, he said that the UIDAI would also conduct operational efficiency of the software it wanted to use for the purpose. The pilot project would take off in July while the main project is expected to start from December in which other states, including Jharkhand, will be covered.
During his stay, the UIDAI chief along with Director General RS Sharma also met Jharkhand Chief Secretary Shiv Basant and other senior officers to discuss the nitty-gritty of the draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) the authority had sent to the state government for partnering it in the exercise.
The draft MoU envisages that the state government will work as its registrar for collecting biometric samples like thumb impression or cornea configuration of each individual.
“We have proposed spending Rs 200 for collection of biometric samples of each members of the family below poverty line (BPL).
Of it, Rs 100 would be given to the state government, while the rest would go to the beneficiaries,” officer on special duty (OSD) Awadesh Kumar Pandey said.