"So far, about 23 million (2.3 crore) Adhaar cards have been linked to bank accounts and we expect the number to touch 100 million in the next few months," Nilekani said at an event organized by software services industry body Nasscom.

Adhaar-linked bank accounts are required to provide cash subsidy on domestic cooking (LPG) gas under the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) Scheme. Last month, the government had announced that the UIDAI has issued more than 40.29 crore Aadhaar numbers and the body will achieve the target 60 crore enrolments by 2014.

Nilekani was at the event along with Indian-American venture capitalist Vinod Khosla to participate in a discussion on the opportunities and issues before the entrepreneurs and start-ups in India.

Adhaar is one of the best ways to check corruption, he said. "There are two types of corruption. One is large scale, which is like the 2G scam or the coal scam and the other is retail scam like irregularities in distribution of foodgrains, kerosene, etc. Adhaar can effectively check the latter, which I call retail corruption," he added.

"Adhaar is one platform, which presents a huge opportunity to develop apps and services. It is an opportunity in the way you deal with banks or pay your utility bills etc. It is one of the most powerful investments by the government for an IT-enabled low friction economy," he added.

(Agencies)

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