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Over one crore residents in Delhi get Aadhaar numbers

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Aadhar-CardDelhi is the fastest city when it comes to getting an Aadhaar numbers with more than a crore residents of the city already having a unique identity number.

Officials in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) say 1.06 crore people in Delhi now have an Aadhaar number. This means that nearly 63 per cent of the Capital’s population of 1.6 crore, according to the 2011 Census, has been covered by the UIDAI project.

This is the highest percentage of people in any state being enrolled under Aadhaar – other major states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka have enrollment of just 28 per cent and 20 per cent respectively till date.

In fact, the country-wide coverage of people under Aadhaar is just at 13 per cent. UIDAI officials claim they would provide each Delhi resident with an Aadhaar number by 2013.

But all Delhi residents – even those already with Aadhaar numbers – will mandatorily have to line up again at camps to be started by the Registrar General of India (RGI) for the National Population Register (NPR) project in Delhi.

RGI officials have started going doorto-door for enrollments under NPR in Delhi. People with Aadhaar numbers need not give their biometrics again but will still have to come to NPR camps to provide their Aadhaar number to the RGI to cross-check with their demographic data provided at the time of the Census.

UIDAI officials, meanwhile, say Aadhaar has started achieving its aim of financial inclusion of the marginalised, with 60,428 fresh bank accounts having been opened on the basis of these numbers.

UIDAI officials say the glitches pointed out in the project by the home ministry earlier this year have been removed.

The ministry had a problem with the introducer mechanism wherein a person with no documentary proof of identity and address could also get an Aadhaar number if a person with such a number introduced him/her at the enrollment centre. UIDAI officials say just 0.6 per cent of total Aadhaar numbers allotted till date were assigned this way.

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