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People registered for India’s Aadhaar program surpasses one billion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The number of people registered for India’s Aadhaar Program operated by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is the largest system of its kind in the world, surpassed one billion this April. NEC Corporation provides a large-scale biometrics identification system that utilizes fingerprints, face images, and iris images for this national identification system. UIDAI is promoting the Aadhaar Program to gather and manage the names, addresses and biometric information of people in India in an effort to create a society in which the entire nation can enjoy equal access to public and financial services. Once a person registers for the system, he or she will receive an individual 12-digit number (ID). Public organizations and banks will use these numbers to identify people when they apply to receive social security benefits or open bank accounts. NEC’s large-scale biometrics identification system uses three types of biometric information fingerprints, face images, and iris images’ to prevent people from being registered twice. This system can handle more than one million registrations per day by checking the registered biometric information for more than one billion people and comparing it to the biometric information of people seeking to register. “It is important to make sure that the same ID is not issued twice in order to maintain a highly reliable national identification system,” said, Noritaka Taguma, General Manager,Transportation and City Infrastructure Division, NEC Corporation. Taguma added, “NEC’s biometrics identification system helps to stop people from pretending to be others, while simplifying procedures by checking the information of people seeking to register for the Aadhaar Program with greater accuracy and efficiency.” NEC’s fingerprint and face identification technologies ranked first (*2) in the benchmark tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States. In addition, NEC also adjusted the identification algorithms for the biometric system for the Aadhaar Program in an effort to improve its identification accuracy.

PM Modi in Shillong: Centre committed to North East’s welfare

Shillong: The government is committed to the welfare of the northeastern India, especially the women of the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after laying the foundation stone of a new football stadium here.

File photo of Narendra Modi.

PM Modi also inaugurated passenger train services to Mizoram and Manipur on the newly-laid broad gauge line, and the Kamakhya-Katra weekly train from Assam to J&K. File photo

Modi laid the foundation stone of a football stadium which is being constructed in Shillong at a cost of Rs 38 crore.

“Foundation stone of a football stadium has been laid. This region has a great talent in sports, particularly football. Football is a passion here and it is played in each and every nook and corner of the state and the region,” said Modi.

The prime minister also inaugurated passenger train services to Mizoram and Manipur on the newly-laid broad gauge line, and the Kamakhya-Katra weekly train from Assam to Jammu and Kashmir.

“The government is committed to the development in the northeast region, the Self Help Groups (SHG), particularly the women SHGs. Keeping this in mind, the government has also approved a special package for the northeast,” the prime minister said at the North Eastern Council meeting here.

He said he wanted to see the northeastern region shine in the organic farming sector.

“I am particularly keen to see the northeast shine in the organic farming sector. Northeast can become the organic food basket of India,” said Modi, who is the first prime minister in the last two decades to attend the NEC plenary meeting.

He said the central government’s focus on the northeast is manifested in its ‘Act East Policy’.

“We want to particularly improve connectivity, infrastructure and tourism,” said Modi.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) is the nodal agency for channelising the funds for economic and social development in the region.

The prime minister said Agartala, the capital of Tripura, has become the third international location to be connected to Cox Bazar of Bangladesh, which would further aid the social and ecomomic empowerment of the northeastern region.

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