BANGALORE: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) would start enrolling 40 crore people for issuance of Aadhaar cards from April 1, its Chairman Nandan Nilekani said on Saturday.
“We will enrol about two crore people a month,” Nilekani told reporters on the sidelines of a function adding that about 20 crore people have been brought on the rolls so far. “In all, 13.5 crore people have already been issued Aaadhar numbers while efforts to clear the backlog are on,” he said. An estimated 6.5 crore people are yet to be issued Aaadhar numbers. Stating that UIDAI had decided to take a break in order to allow tweaking of the entire process, Nilekani stressed that the procedure before allotting an Aaadhar number to a citizen included a lot of processing in order to avoid duplication.
Nilekani said that this process led to delay in clearing the backlog. UIDAI had earlier claimed enrolment speeds of up to of 10 lakh people per day across the country.