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Manmohan Singh to consult cabinet on Friday to resolve UID Project

New Delhi, Wed, 25 Jan 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, today held discussions with his senior cabinet colleagues in an endeavor to resolve the issue of continuation of UID Project.


Dr. Singh will now call a Cabinet meeting on Friday during which he is expected to take a final call on extension of the UIDAI project, under which national identity cards are issued to entire population.


The Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, after the meeting said : "I think we have come to an agreement on how both the projects can proceed together without any difficulty ... the Cabinet Committee (on UIDAI) was rescheduled and will happen on Friday. We are quite hopeful that we will have a resolution of these issues in that meeting."


"We are moving towards very satisfactory conclusion. There were different views ... We reviewed different issues. I think that there is agreement that both the projects can move ahead and ways can be found that will avoid avoidable duplication. That was the key issue. I will send the supplementary note (to Cabinet)," he added.


Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman Nandan Nilekani and National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon were also present in today's meeting. (ANI)


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