Himachal signs MoU for unique identification number

Shimla: A MoU was signed today between the Himachal Pradesh government and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for issuing Unique Identity numeric code to allUID_prototype residents of the state.

Director General, UIDAI RS Sharma and Ajay Tyagi, Principal Secretary, Finance, Himachal Pradesh signed the MoU in presence of Chief Secretary, Asha Swaroop in Shimla today

Sharma said the UID will be issued to all the residents and children above five years of age.

The UID, identifies individual uniqueness on the basis of their demographic information and biometrics will give the mean to clearly establish their identity to public or private agencies offering different services across the country.

The Government agencies would be the Registrars for enrolling the residents who would be issued a micro ATM like card containing 16 digit numeric code. UID number can play a vital role in enabling access to formal financial mechanism by helping poor to easily authenticate their identity to financial institutions for money transactions of any other service provider. Any other identity documents would not be required, once the numeric code is assigned to all the residents of the State and country as well.

Chief Secretary Asha Swarup suggested the UID be linked with MNREGA, Social Security Pension and Public Distribution Sector (PDS). It would facilitate the labourers for wage payments and effective disbursing of pensions should a pensioner moves out of village to reside elsewhere, the UID numeric would enable them to access their money  anywhere.
 
The UID number would be operative by sensing iris through camera or finger prints of the person and would be legally valid.

Others present at the occasion were Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Anil Khachi, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj RD Dhiman, Director IT Subhasish Panda, Director Census Balbir Tegta, Director Food and Civil Supplies C Paulrasu, Advisor, Planning SK Shad, Deputy Director Planning Basu Sood and SIO, NIC, Rajesh Bahadur.

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