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Aadhaar in Focus Again
Dec 02, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on the Aadhaar project and his aim of universal coverage under the scheme by mid-2015 has resulted in renewed activity at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The UIDAI, which had gone near dormant after high-profile chairperson Nandan Nilekani quit earlier this year, has drawn its work strategy afresh under a group of senior officials.

The UIDAI was constituted and notified in 2009 with the objective of providing a unique identity for each resident of India, but was hobbled by teething problems and tussles within the UPA government. Nandan Nilekani was the project’s brain, whose two key roles were laying down the vision for Aadhaar, and managing external stakeholders. The Authority’s internal affairs were handled by its director general.

Broadly, the UIDAI has eight divisions: Authentication, Enrollment, Financial Inclusion, Administration, IT, Finance, Media, and Knowledge Management and Training.

While the Authority is within the jurisdiction of MoS (Independent Charge) Planning it is monitored directly by the PMO, which is in touch with UIDAI officials on an almost weekly basis. Narendra Modi had his first meeting on Aadhaar on July 5, and most instructions have since come straight from the PMO.


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