World Bank applauses Aadhaar

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim believes that Aadhaar card is one of the best examples of integration of technology for social welfare.He conceived that this massive effort by the Indian Government would help in achieving the goal of poverty eradication by 2030.

Kim said at a recent World Bank event during which Nandan Nilekani, the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, made a presentation on the Aadhaar program at the bank headquarters in Washington.

Highly impressed by Aaadhaar, he said this could help achieve the target of eradicating poverty by 2030 in big way.

“This is the science of delivery. Now, more than ever, we have to find innovations like these that have been thought through carefully, and are quickly and easily scalable,” the World Bank President said.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is issuing for all residents in India. The UIDAI is storing basic demographic and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and eye scan – of each individual, being issued the number, in a central database.

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