National Citizen Database

National Citizen DatabaseProject UID, a Planning Commission initiative, proposes to

  • Create a central database of residents, initially of those above the age of 18 years
  • Generate a unique identification number (UID) for all such residents

The UID is intended to provide a robust basis for efficient delivery of various social and welfare services to persons below the poverty line (BPL). It can also be used as the basis for identifying and authenticating a person's entitlement to government services and benefits through a single system rather than all government departments individually and independently investing in creating infrastructure, systems and procedures for verifying entitlement of residents under various schemes of the Government. To this end, the project envisages provision of linking of existing databases, as well as providing for future additions, by the user agencies.

The Planning Commission initiative is being steered by the DIT (as the Line Ministry) through NICSI/ NIC (as the technical solution provider) and a consultant (for the process definitions related to operation and maintenance of the database).

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