UID registration launched in Patna
PATNA: Now, Patnaites will have their own unique identity number as the much-hyped biometric unique identity (UID) card, an initiative of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), was launched here on Friday at Patna GPO by Acharya Kishore Kunal.
The UID scheme aims at issuing a random 10-digit alphanumeric identity number to every Indian citizen. This identification number will be stored in a centralized database and linked to the basic demographic and biometric details of the holder.
Every individual interested in getting a UID card can collect the application form either from post office or download it from www.uid.gov.in. The applicant will have to present address proof, identity proof (passport, PAN card, driving licence, ration card, voter-ID card). The verifier will check the documents. This will be followed by iris (eye ball) scanning and fingerprints of all 10 fingers. Then these details would be matched the details of the already enrolled UID holders via centralized server and after de-duplication (process of confirming that the same person does not get two UID cards) the applicant will get his UID card delivered at his address. The card is being issued free of cost as per the Union government notifications.
“The UID number, assigned to each individual in the country, would remain a permanent identifier right from birth to death of the individual. Photographs and biometric data will be added progressively to make the identification foolproof,” said Anil Kumar, marketing director, postal department to TOI.
“The UID would obviate the need for a person to produce multiple documentary proofs of his identity for availing any government service, or private services like opening of a bank account. It will come in handy for opening bank accounts, booking tickets on the Internet and other purposes. The identification cannot be duplicated as one cannot change iris impression or fingerprints,” Kumar added.
UID would facilitate the citizens in easy verification, availing of government or private services, help welfare programme reach intended beneficiaries and for serving as basis for e-governance. It is not a domain specific card like driving licence, voter ID card, PAN card or passport. It could be used anywhere.
In the first phase, UID registration is being launched in Patna GPO, but after 15 days it would start in 40 head post offices of the districts in the second phase. After a month, in the third phase, UID registration will be done at 166 post offices of the state.