New Delhi: The finance ministry has approved a budget of 8,814.75 crore for the nodal agency executing the government’s Aadhaar project, under which all residents of India will be provided unique identification (UID) numbers.

Building a database: Residents being enrolled under the UID project in Tumkur, Karnataka. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint.

The UIDAI, which pays registrars 50 per enrolment, is mandated to enrol 200 million people until March. The national population register (NPR) is supposed to carry out enrolments after that.

The UIDAI had recently demanded 17,863.9 crore along with the mandate to enrol the country’s entire population of 1.2 billion.

The expenditure finance committee approved the budget in a meeting on 15 September, said a finance ministry official, asking not to be identified.

A UIDAI official confirmed the development, requesting anonymity.

Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had sanctioned 120 crore for the UIDAI project in the budget for fiscal 2010, and 1,900 crore for fiscal 2011.

The agency spent 268.41 crore in the last fiscal and 174.29 crore until September this year, according to data available on its website. It has so far enrolled 100 million people and issued UID numbers to half of them.