Sunday, December 4, 2011

The need for UID in India

Why do we need one unique identity system? In India, we do not have any single identity system which has 100% penetration, 100% 'safe', 100% inclusive and cannot be easily faked. There are at least 20+ acceptable documents for proof-of-identity and even more documents acceptable as proof-of-address.

The below table gives an indication of the penetration of the existing acceptable forms of identification and proof-of-address

UID overcomes the problems of

  • non-inclusiveness
  • low or medium coverage
  • possibility of duplication
And most important, it is is digital - you don't have to carry any documents. You just need to remember your 12 digit number! How cool is that.

Watch out for the next post on the authenticity of UID.

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