With the launch of 'Aadhaar' numbers on September 29, India will become the first country in the world to implement a biometric-based unique ID system for its residents on a national scale.
The national launch of 'Aadhaar' will herald a new chapter for the United Progressive Alliance government, enabling it to work towards inclusive growth and bringing in greater efficiency along with transparency in governance.
'Aadhaar' has the potential to fundamentally transform the service delivery and governance in the country, a statement released by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said.
The authority promises to ensure uniqueness of numbers with the use of biometric attributes (finger prints and iris), to be linked to the number.
"This will help agencies and service providers in cleaning out duplicate and fakes from their databases. The elimination of such identities is expected to substantially improve the efficiency of the delivery systems," the authority said.
The Adhaar numbers would be launched nationally by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The first set of numbers will be distributed among the villagers of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra.
The numbers will be issued to every citizen of the country. In addition, the UIDAI aims to establish a cost-effective authentication infrastructure, where identities can be easily verified, both online and in real time.