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Giving identity back to Indians

HUNDREDS of millions of Indians cannot prove they exist. They have no birth certificate, no driving licence, no social-security number. So they find it hard to open a bank account, borrow money or draw on government services.”

Born and bred in India and co-founding one of India’s biggest computer-services companies Infosys, Nandan Nilekani volunteered to give every one of his 1.2 billion compatriots an identity number tied to biometric data. Through the program, called Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the first identity numbers were allocated in October 2010 and the target is to have each Indian citizen equipped with a unique identification number by 2011.

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