1. What exactly is the Unique ID Project?
3. Cabinet Committee
4. Unique Identification Authority Of India- UIDAI
DG and Mission Director
Technology Development Unit (TDU)
Project Management Unit (PMU)
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE UNIQUE ID PROJECT?
A project in which every Indian citizen would
have one unique identification number that
will identify him/her.
It would not just help the government track
But would also make life far easier for
citizens as they would not have to submit so
many documents each time they want to
avail a new service—private or government.
Initially conceived by the Planning
Commission as an initiative that would
provide identification for each resident across
the country and would be used primarily as
the basis for efficient delivery of welfare
First discussed & worked upon since 2006
when administrative approval for the project
–"Unique ID for BPL families" was given on
03 March 2006 by the Dept of IT.
This was set up under the chairmanship of
Dr. Arvind Virmani, Principal Adviser,
UID would be anchored in the Planning
Commission for 5 years after which a view
would be taken as to where the UID would
be located within Government.
The Govt of India issued orders constituting
the Cabinet Committee on UIDAI Authority
on 22 October 2009.
All issues relating to the UID including its
organisation, plans, policies, programmes,
schemes, funding and methodology to be
adopted for achieving the objectives of that
Authority were discussed.
To develop & implement
the necessary institutional,
technical & legal infrastructure
to issue unique identity numbers
to Indian residents.
to issue a unique identification
that can be verified & authenticated
in an online, cost-effective manner,
which is robust enough to eliminate
duplicate and fake identities.
The first number would be issued
between August 2010 to February 2011.
Over 5 years, the Authority plans to
issue 600 million UIDs.
The numbers will be issued through
various 'registrar' agencies across the
ORGANISATION CHART (HEAD OFFICE)
D G &
HEAD TDU HEAD PMU
Prime Minister is the Chairman
works under the overall guidance of the National
The Deputy Chairman and the full time
Members of the Commission, as a composite
provide advice and guidance to the subject
Divisions for the formulation of 5 Year Plans,
Annual Plans, State Plans, Monitoring Plan
Programmes, Projects and Schemes.
Nandan Nilekani is currently the Chairman of
which aims to provide a unique identification
number for all residents of India—in the rank
& status of a Cabinet Minister.
He was most recently the co-chairman of the
board of directors of Infosys Technologies
Limited, which he co-founded in 1981.
DG & MISSION DIRECTOR
The Chief Executive Officer of the Project i.e.
Director General and Mission Director has been
Mr. R.S. Sharma has been appointed as the
first Director General of the UIDAI.
He is an Additional Secretary Rank Officer
belonging to the 1978 batch of the Indian
TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT UNIT
A TDU consist of experts in various areas
of operation including
procurement of hardware and software
have been established.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT UNIT
PMU has been set up to kick-start the ID issuance
process & provide guidance to TDU & preparation of
detailed project report, awareness building etc.
The team has been established with the assistance
of the National Institute of Smart Government (NISG)
with whom the UIDAI has entered into an agreement
on 30 November 2009.
20 professionals are currently onboard in roles
ranging from Technology, Legal, Communications
and Procurement to Capacity Building, Process and