New Delhi: Expressing satisfaction over the budgetary proposal to raise grants for the 'Aadhaar' project, UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani on Wednesday said new enrollments of 400 million people would start next month.
"The government has asked us to enroll 400 million for Aadhaar and we are going to start it from April," Nilekani said at a PHD Chamber event here.
The government has raised the allocations to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for next fiscal to Rs 1,758 crore from Rs 1,470 crore in 2011-12.
However, the allocation for the current fiscal was later revised to Rs 1,200 crore.
He also said that the backlog of the Aadhaar which are yet to be issued, will be cleared in a few months.
Aadhaar, a project for providing unique number to citizens, has been issued to 14.2 crore people so far and 20 crore people have been registered for it, Nilekani said.
The former Infosys CEO expressed gratitude over Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's support to the project, who made detailed mention of the project in the Union Budget 2012-13 tabled in Parliament last week.
"I think the Finance Minister has been extraordinarily helpful to the project and I am really grateful to him," Nilekani said.
On applications of Aaadhar, he said the Reserve Bank has authorised it as a KYC (know your customer) to open a bank account, which in turn helps it deepen financial inclusion in the country.
In his budget proposals, Mukherjee also said that a system is being created for electronic transfer of subsidies under the Public Distribution System using Aadhaar platform. It will become operational by December 2012.