New Delhi, Feb 26: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, Feb 26, proposed a nearly 16-fold increase at Rs 1,900 crore for Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) headed by Nandan Nilekani.
Presenting the Union Budget 2010-2011 in Lok Sabha, Mukherejee said, "It (UIDAI) will be able to meet its commitments of issuing the first set of UID numbers in the coming year."
"While in the last budget the allocation for UIDAI was Rs 120 crore, " Mukherjee said.
"I am allocating Rs 1,900 crore to the Authority for 2010-11," Mukherjee said.
The Authority is currently in the operational phase finalising the various aspects for the roll out of the Unique Identification Number to the residents of the country.
The current proposed allocation of Rs 1,900 crore would be used for procurement of bio-metric devices and vendor services.