Delhi to sign pact for early unique identification numbers

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The Delhi cabinet Monday decided to sign an agreement with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for an early roll-out of identification numbers for residents.

The cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, also decided to constitute two committees to oversee the implementation of the UIDAI project in the capital.

While Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta will be the chairman of one committee, the second panel will be headed by the chief minister.

‘The government has decided to collaborate with the UIDAI to enhance efficiency in delivery of governmental benefits and services through accurate identification of beneficiaries,’ Dikshit told reporters.

The cabinet also approved a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will soon be signed, a Delhi government official said.

As per the MoU, the UIDAI will prescribe standards for recording data and biometric fields and also the processes for enrolment of residents.

On the other hand, the state government will collaborate with the authority in conducting concept studies and providing financial and other resources. The government will also provide logistic and liaison support to it.

The first batch of unique identification (UID) numbers will be rolled out between August this year and February 2011.