Nilekani selects K'taka to implement UID project

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Nandan Nilekani
Bangalore, Aug 30: Unique Identification Authority of India, headed by Nandan Nilekani, has chosen Karnataka to implement the unique identification project on a pilot basis.

On Saturday, Aug 29, Nandan Nilekani held a meeting with state's chief secretary Sudhakar Rao and other officers.

Rao said, "He has discussed about the project with different departments of the Union government and is now interacting with state level officials. He expressed his desire to start the pilot project in Karnataka. We've happily agreed for it."

Department"s Principal Secretary M N Vidyashankar said, "Karnataka will be the first state in the country wherein the multi-purpose ID numbers will be rolled out. The entire state will be covered under the pilot project."

"Nilekani has made it clear that the UIAI will not be issuing any card. States will have to decide the use of the data bank," he added.

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