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New Delhi, January 13, 2011
Sukrity, a 15-year-old resident of North Tripura, became the one millionth resident of India whose "Aadhar" number was generated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) at noon today.
"It took us nearly six weeks to cross one lakh enrolments," Mr Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the UIDAI, said.
"However, it has taken us almost the same time to ramp up from one lakh to one million Aadhaar enrolments. This success is an auspicious milestone, en route to our goal of issuing 600 million Aadhaar numbers in the next four years," he said.
The speed of UIDAI’s registrars in deploying enrolment stations across the country, and in training large numbers of operators, has ensured this milestone in such a short period. The youngest person to receive an Aadhaar number was a 13 day old infant; the oldest person to receive an Aadhaar number was 103 years old, an official press release said.
According to it, the UIDAI’s systems have held up impressively to the large numbers of people enrolling across the country. In addition, the training and quality controls the Authority has put in place have been critical in minimizing problems in data collection, which will ensure that the Aadhaar number will be a secure, reliable form of identification.
"Enrolment for the Aadhaar number will accelerate further in the coming weeks, as more registrars begin enrolling residents," Mr R.S. Sharma, UIDAI’s Director General & Mission Director said. So far, over 60 registrars have signed MoUs with the UIDAI, and more than 15 of them have begun enrolments.
The Union Finance Ministry recently recognized the Aadhaar number as sufficient proof of identity and proof of address, for individuals to get a bank account. This move will be an impetus for registrars in the financial sector to begin enrolling people for the number. It will also be pivotal in bringing financial services to the millions of unbanked people in the country, who have been excluded so far because of their lack of identification, the release added.