A quick search on Google news for ‘UID‘ reveals pleasant information about the Aadhar number issuing process starting in various states like Karnataka, Bihar and Kerala. Most of these states are taking the assistance of the General Post Office (GPO) to allow city residents enroll for the Aadhar number.
Nandan Nilakeni, the Chairman of the UIDAI had said in a press conference in Bangalore that they were targeting a million enrollments a day from October. Currently, the number of UIDs issued stands at 98 lakhs.
Kerala CM Oommen Chandy has said that they aim to provide UIDs to the whole state within one year. If they do achieve this goal, Kerala will become the first state in the country to completely implement the Aadhar project. Unlike Karnataka and Bihar which are taking the assistance of the GPO, the Kerala government has given Akshaya, Keltron, and IT@School, which are state run agencies, the responsibility of conducting the formalities associated with the project. The focus of the Aadhar project in its initial phase was primarily to give Aadhar numbers to village residents and people below the poverty line. The enrollment process starting in Bangalore marks the expansion of the project from rural areas to urban regions. The city is launching the process through 35 GPOs in the city. Perhaps this action is to encourage the software professionals in Bangalore to build software on top of the Aadhar API.
In addition to the iris scans and fingerprints the UIDAI requires four other details - name, date of birth, address and gender. All of this information would be tied to the Aadhar number and stored in a centralized database. Each person’s information would occupy around five megabytes which would make the total size of the database six petabytes (That’s sizx thousand 1 TB hard drives).
On this possible misuse of the Aadhar number Ashok Dalwai, Deputy Director General of the UIDAI said:
“The UID is a dumb, unintelligent, 12-digit number. It does not reveal anything at all about the person, so the question of manipulating the UID card just does not arise.”
However Nandan Nilakeni in an interview to CNBC TV 18 said that security agencies can access this data subject to approval in cases of terror threats. Nilakeni’s target of a million UIDs everyday is ambitious and if it is achieved, it would only give more reasons to develop software based on the Aadhar API.