Chandigarh administration to recognize UID as valid identity proof

Chandigarh is the first Indian state/union territory to recognize UID (Aadhaar) as a valid proof of identity and address. According to Chandigarh administration, from now, the UID card would be a valid proof for various welfare schemes being run by departments, boards, corporations, public undertakings and agencies under the aegis of the Chandigarh Administration.

As of now, UID enrolment in Chandigarh has crossed the 60 per cent mark as over 6.5 lakh residents have been enrolled with the UID Authority out of which 5.5 lakh people have been allotted with UID numbers.

Will it work in Chandigarh?

Undoubtedly, this announcement has given some relief to the people backing Nandan Nilekani’s ambitious Aadhar project, especially given the recent to the pilots projects it has undertaken in Mysore and Hyderabad.

Earlier in February this year, when three oil marketing companies – IOC, HPCL and BPCL – embarked on a UID-based delivery of domestic LPG cylinders in Mysore. Regardless of such a small target base, the project struggled at every step, right from identification and biometric authentication of customers to non-cooperation of banks in allocating subsidy monies to the end recipients. The failure of the Mysore pilot points out grave concerns about the last-mile delivery abilities of Nandan Nilekani’s expensive INR 18,000 crore Aadhaar mission.

According to an assessment carried by the UIDAI itself, the success rate of all three Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in delivering LPG cylinders in Mysore under the pilot was approximately 67%. Biometric mismatch and assorted technological and human errors resulted in failures in every third delivery. Out of 30,000 transactions over a four-month period, only 20,000 could be completed.