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Planning Commission aims nine percent growth rate from 2012

New Delhi , Thu, 20 Oct 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Oct 20(ANI): The Planning Commission is hopeful of attaining growth rate of nine percent from fiscal year 2012 onwards.


Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said this while addressing the annual conference of the country's Economic Editors in the national capital, New Delhi, today.


He mentioned that the approach paper for the 12th Five Year plan to be executed in 2012 was ready and available on the website of Planning Commission.


"You all know that the 12th Plan is the subject of discussion by the NDC (National Development Council) day after tomorrow. Basically we have an approach paper. I hope you have all seen or if your interested in... go and see the approach paper, it is on the website of the Planning Commission. Broadly, we have talked about more rapid, more inclusive, more sustainable growth. We have proposed a target of nine percent growth for the five-year period from 2012 onwards to 2017," said Ahluwalia.


Among others who addressed the conference were Chairman of the (Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, Ashwani Kumar.


Nilekani said that that over 100 million people had already been covered under the unique identification number scheme named Aadhar.


"As you know the UIDAI as set up in July 2009 as an attached office of the Planning Commission and the programme was launched nationally by the Prime Minister and the Chairperson of the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) Sonia Gandhi in September 2010 in Nandurbar," Nilekani said.


"I am happy to report that already a 100 million people have enrolled into our system across the country. And as of today, we have generated over 50 million 'Aadhar' (Unique Identification Numbers) numbers; so the system is going at full speed. We have over 50 registrars across the country...75 enrolment agencies, more than 70,000 certified operators who are doing this job since launch," he added.


The Aadhar is aimed at providing an exclusive individual identification to all Indians.


In due course, the UIDAI would provide a biometric database containing basic data of all citizens of the country. (ANI)


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