UID project will include smart cards
A smart card, incorporating the much-talked about UID number, will be launched in the Delhi in 2011 to primarily help the poor and illiterate easily avail the benefits of various welfare schemes.
The project is being envisaged by the IT department of the city Government after it was found that benefits of various welfare schemes often do not reach the intended beneficiaries.
Officials associated with the project said they wanted to incorporate the unique identity number to be issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) onto a smart card to make it "more effective and foolproof."
"Initially, we will issue five million cards having the Unique Identity Number," a top official said.
Meanwhile, the Nandan Nilekani-headed UIDAI has got 19 bids for its first information technology project, on application development services. Among those who applied are Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and IBM.
“We are evaluating these firms and will soon shortlist some of them. The process should be completed by March-end or early April this year,” said a source from UIDAI.
Professional services firm Ernst & Young bagged a contract from UIDAI to become consulting partner for the project.
4G Identity Solutions, a provider of ID solutions and consultancy, has also been awarded a contract by the Government of India to provide them with fingerprint and iris recognition devices for the Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) national registry.