UID goes live, Ranjna first Indian to get Aadhaar


Tembhali: India’s most ambitious project to issue an unique identification number to all its citizens got off to a start with the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh handing over the first UID Number ‘782474317884’ to Rajana Sonawane, a tribal lady ‘s in Tembhali village in Nandurbar, Maharashtra on September 29, 2010. This marks the national launch of the Aadhaar Project under Unique Identification Authority of India.

Ranjna received the Aadhaar letter from the Prime Minister. Ranjna’s letter marks the point where the Aadhaar initiative transforms from a technology concept to an on the ground reality. Ranjna had enrolled with her five year old son Hitesh, who was the second person to receive the Aadhaar letter. For Hitesh, Aadhaar will be his first proof of identity.

The launch of Aadhaar in Tembhali was also attended by the UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi. During a public function marking the launch, the Prime Minister acknowledged the significance of the number and dedicated Aadhaar to the service of the nation.

Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) & Ex Infosys CEO, mentioned the significance of the Aadhaar number for the millions of residents who still do not have any form of identification, “Today many people in this country do not possess any form of identification. The Aadhaar number will be able to fill this void”.

Ranjna and Hitesh were among ten people from Tembhali who received letters containing their Aadhaar number from the Prime Minister and UPA Chairperson. Tembhali thus becomes India’s first ‘Aadhaar-gram’.

The Aadhaar (UID) project will be rolled out across the country in the next four years. The 12-digit UID number will be stored in a centralised database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual. In Kerala, Akshaya, [email protected] and Keltron have been identified as enrolment agencies.

Kerala IT News


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