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Par Panel wants UIDAI to adopt self-sustainable model

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The UIDAI, which provides all services for free, should explore pricing models to make itself self-sustainable and independent of grants, a Parliamentary panel said today.

"...After achieving large scale adoption and having huge potential applications in a economy, it is desirable that in the long run, the (UIDAI) system is made self- sustainable and independent of grants," the Standing Committee on Information Technology, chaired by MP Anurag Singh Thakur, said.

The panel said the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) is an important national asset that has wide ranging applications and immense use in the economy.

The panel acknowledged that issued by the has started delivering huge benefits and plugged significant leakages in a number of schemes.

It said that while presently does not charge anything for providing services such as e-KYC and authentication, "... In the long run, should study and examine various pricing models and come up with a suitable model that makes it self sustainable while being minimalistic so as not to discourage/disrupt the adoption or usage or burden the average Indian citizen".

It, however, endorsed Ministry of Electronics and IT's (Meity) request for additional allocation of Rs 300 crore for 2017-18.

The has been allocated Rs 900 crore for fiscal year 2017-18 against Meity's request for Rs 1,938.76 crore.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 22:22 IST