Railways, UIDAI in talks for possible use of database

The Indian Railways has had a discussion with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday to discuss the use of its database in various areas including ticketing. The discussion also included the manner in which the Indian Railways’ 13 lakh employees can be brought into the UIDAI database.

“The UIDAI has given us a presentation on what could be done. This has to evaluated,” Mr Vivek Sahai, Chairman, Railway Board, said here today, when asked.

The UIDAI would issue unique identification numbers to the residents of the country based on the demographic and biometric data of the individual. Mr Sahai said they are also exploring the possibility of using the unique database in its ticketing system.

The possible use for Railways could particularly for using the UID of a person as a proof of identity while extending low-cost tickets through various discount schemes. Railways extend discounts to different marginalised sections of population including senior citizens, in which the UID could be used as another proof of identification.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/06/23/stories/2010062353631800.htm

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