Chennai, sep 21: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday, Sep 21 said that unique multi-purpose national identity cards would be issued to all citizens by 2010-2011.
"The card will be given to 110 crore people by 2010-2011," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
He said that the first phase this year, 1.2 crore people in about 3,331 coastal villages and cities would receive the cards.
Chidambaram said the government was keen on and committed to working for the development of the nation and the people.
Government has set up a Unique Identification Authority of India to implement the need for multiple proofs of identity of citizens. This will help people in opening bank accounts or seeking telephone connections.