Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of Indian biometrics development company Infosys turned Chairman of Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) for the Indian Government, has announced that they have not yet decided on what biometric mode to utilize for the UID Project, according to an article from The Hindu.
The announcement was made by Nilekani during a lecture he was giving at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Indian Academy of Sciences.
The UID Project involves the issuance of a unique ID number to each citizen of India that corresponds to stored biometric information on that individual. While the project is to be used for identification verification upon reentry into the country at airports and other ports of entry, it is also intended to help the problem surrounding the country’s poor not being able to receive government benefits as they are not bale to obtain proper identification credentials.
Nilekani is expecting to have the first UID issued within nine to fifteen months with 600 million rolled out within roughly six years.
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