Agartala: Tripura leads in enrolments for the ambitious ‘Aadhaar’ scheme, a 12-digit number being issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for all Indian residents, a minister said here on Monday.
Tripura Rural Development Minister Jitendra Choudhury told reporters “In Tripura, 80 percent of the 3.7 million populations have so far been enrolled in Aadhaar scheme followed by Andhra Pradesh (25 percent) and Maharashtra (20 percent).”
Tripura was the first state in the northeast and the 8th in India where the Aadhaar scheme was launched on Dec 2 last year.
According to UIDAI director general and mission director Ram Sevak Sharma, in the next 4 years, 60 crore Indians would get the Aadhaar number. “Crores of Indians do not have bank accounts. Once they get the Aadhaar number it would easily facilitate them to open a bank account and get banking services,” Sharma had told reporters here lately.
The Aadhaar scheme, officially launched by PM Manmohan Singh on Sep 29 last year, is now in progress in many states. UIDAI has empanelled several enrolment agencies across the country.