Within nine months of its launch, one crore Indians have been issued their unique identification number or Aadhaar numbers, a government statement said.
“It took three months to cross the 10 lakh mark and only another six months to reach the one-crore Aadhaar enrolments mark,” Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani said in a statement.
The first UID number was issued on September 29, 2010, in a village of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra. Coincidentally, the person who received the 10 millionth number is also from Maharashtra.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the nodal agency which has appointed registrars across the country to facilitate the enrolment process.
Enrolments are in progress in more than 25 states and Union Territories by over 30 registrars. More than 11,000 operators are involved in the process of registration for the unique identity number that would be used for most official purposes, including for opening bank accounts.
“Currently, the Aadhaar ecosystem is enrolling more than 400,000 residents a day,” UIDAI Director General RS Sharma said. “Enrolment for the Aadhaar number will accelerate further in the coming weeks, as more registrars begin enrolling residents. Our next milestone is to reach 10 lakh Aadhaars a day by October 2011,” Sharma said.