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Ranchi: Have you been enrolled for the Unique Identification (UID) number and could not receive it so far, just log on to http://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in and get it printed on your own with full authenticity.
Discontented at the pace of delivery of cards by the post offices, the Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) has roped in the new mechanism for printing of cards to make sure that the people enrolled for unique numbers could have them on time.
UIDAI Mission Director and Director General Ram Sevak Sharma launched the facility in Ranchi during his recent visit to the State to oversee the progress in collection of database and distribution of UID numbers.
"Since a lot of people have noted delays in delivery, we have decided to make the cards available online so that if someone wants then they can print it themselves,” he added.
The card printing facility, which has been introduced in Jharkhand as a pilot project, would be extended to other states to do away with the delay in delivery system.
“There are some technical issues to be sorted out by the service providers to formally launch the facility in Jharkhand by the end of this month,” Sharma said.
Sharma got a few UID cards printed on a trial basis at the makeshift printing station set up by the State IT department and the agencies engaged for collection of UID data.
He also launched the pilot project where UID-based payments are being made using a handheld multi-functional device referred to as micro ATM.
The device is being made as per standards decided by RBI and four other national financial agencies. It has a small fingerprint scanner on top, which reads the fingerprint and scans the database for the UID file of the person.
This data travels as a packet to the operating bank’s server located at their headquarters in India, another information server in Mumbai, then to the UID’s Bangalore server and returns a result to the handheld device.
When asked, Sharma said that the device is independent of any telephonic or fibre optic cables, or external USB or other device-based connectivity.
“It uses a SIM card to connect so it is not reliant on any other technology other than what is already available and subject to phone networks, can be used easily,” said Sharma.