Spawning identities in packets
Amidst the hullaballoo, the technology team that works at the back end of this gargantuan project, in Bangalore, celebrated the crossing of the 12-crore mark last week. Though the rate of processing Aadhaar numbers had admittedly witnessed a slowdown in recent months, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) claims it is now able to process around 10 lakh numbers a day. With this, the coverage of the project stands at 10 per cent of the Indian population, and UIDAI officials claim the number surpasses any other biometric database in the world, exceeding the captures by the ‘U.S. Visit' database that records photographs and fingerprint data of every tourist visiting the country.