Thiruvananthapuram: After achieving 100% literacy and universal primary education, Kerala is aiming to become the first state in the country to issue Unique Identity Number (UID) to all its citizens within a year.
This was adopted as one of the pilot programmes of the Congress-led UDF Government that assumed office in May 2011, chief minister Oommen Chandy told a meet-the-press here.
Though it was a scheme initiated by the Union Government, the state on its own would bear the cost of Rs 49.50 crore required to complete the exercise, which would be later reimbursed by the Centre, he said.
“Issuing UID would benefit people in many ways. We are keen to complete it as early as possible. That is why we are taking special initiative for this. This has been conveyed to a senior official concerned,” he said.
The state agencies like Keltron, Akshaya and IT @School had been entrusted with the field work like enumeration, taking photographs and computer processing to create the “unique Id number” for each and every citizen.