Sunday, September 20, 2015

UIDAI shifted to IT Ministry from NITI Aayog

The Unique Identification Authority of
India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar
cards, has been shifted to the
administrative control of the Ministry of
Communication and Information
Technology from Niti Aayog. The
decision has been taken keeping in
mind the government's ambitious
'Digital India' programme as the
Aadhaar numbers are being linked with
several services. Aadhaar is a 12-digit
individual identification number issued
by UIDAI.
The issuance of Aadhaar cards, started
by the then UPA government, has come
under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court
which recently held that the card would
not be mandatory for availing benefits of
government's welfare schemes. Earlier,
UIDAI was the part of Planning
Commission.
NITI Aayog
National Institution for Transforming
India Aayog is a Government of
India policy think-tank.
The objective is to foster
involvement and participation in the
economic policy-making process by
state governments of India.
Niti Aayog is headed by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi as its
chairperson.
Present Vice-Chairperson is Arvind
Panagariya.
Sindhushree Khullar was appointed
as the Chief Executive Officer of NITI
Aayog.
The full time members of NITI Aayog
are economist Bibek Debroy, former
DRDO chief V.K. Saraswat and
Agriculture Expert Professor Ramesh
Chand.