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Aadhar will be used for giving LPG, phone connections

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The Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) has begun a pilot project that will allow public sector oil marketers to make LPG transfers. There is second pilot project that is designed to make getting mobile connectivity easier and transparent for consumers.


Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Nasscom leadership summit, the Chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani, said, “We are running a pilot in Mysore using the Aadhar platform for giving LPG connections. One could get an LPG connection through the use of an Aadhar number. Similarly, in Hyderabad, this platform will be used in a pilot project to verify customer’s identity for getting a mobile phone connection.”


Nilekani said UIDAI applications will benefit the common man and will improve public governance.


“The UIDAI has successfully completed its mandate of rolling out Aadhar to 200 million. We have been mandated by the Cabinet to roll out Aadhar cards for another 400 million. By 2014, we would have enrolled 600 million,” he added.


Nilekani also spoke about the pilot programme UIDAI is running with the Union Rural Development ministry for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. UIDAI is also working on a pension scheme in Jharkhand, as well as another pilot for opening bank accounts in Tumkur in Karnataka.


“The important thing is that apart from enrolments, which will continue as planned, the big shift that you are seeing now is the move towards applications so that this can become useful to the common man,” Nilekani said.

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