Revealing his plans for the ambitious Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) program, chairman Nandan Nilekani said that the Unique ID number is not compulsory for all and should not be viewed as a proof of citizenship.
Nilekani also added that he is looking forward to making the project financially viable and while the basic authentication will be free, the UIDAI will be charging a fee for value added services. "We will not charge anything for the basic authentication. But we have plans to charge for value-added services, like address verification by institutions like banks, mobile companies among others", he added.
The former Infosys chairman is confident that the project will find mass appeal and has predicted that more than 60 crore Indians will come under the program within the first 18 months of its implementation.
Nilekani is looking at IT rich states to help make the project popular and has already met with Chief Secretary Johny Joseph to discuss plans in implementing the program in Maharashtra.