Delhi to Get UID By Oct; BPL First

The Delhi government is gearing up to complete the exercise of giving out the “Aadhar” numbers by October this year, with poor families set to get their Unique Identification Numbers ( UID) first.

In a recent high-level meeting, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had dirchected officials to complete the entire exercise by October. The meeting was attended by several Delhi ministers and senior officials including Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, the Delhi government official said.

“The government has decided to start the exercise with the below poverty line (BPL) families. Relevant information about 8.77 lakh families has been gathered. This will enable the city government to prepare the ground for the linkage of LPG (cooking gas) subsidy to these families,” a Delhi government official said.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue for all residents in India. The number will store basic demographic and biometric information