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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nandan Nilekani Quits Infosys, to head UIDAI

Nandan Nilekani, the co-chairman of India’s blue chip software giant, Infosys Technologies, has resigned from the company. He will take up a new role of heading a project at the Union Government.

The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of the position of Chairperson, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Prime Minister has India Dr. Manmohan Singh has invited Nandan Nilekani, currently Co-Chairman Infosys, to join the UIDAI as Chairpeson in the rank of Cabinet Minister.

Infosys Management has approved Nandan’s move. Infosys CEO and managing director S. Gopalakrishnan said that Nandan’s new role has national importance & that Nandan would like to take this up.

UIDAI is a part of Planning Commission of India. This program is aimed at creating unique identification cards to all citizens by 2011. It may start a voter identification card by building on current electoral roll data. It will work in coordination with the National Population Register of the home ministry through the Registrar General of the Census, in accordance with the Indian Citizenship Act

The UIDAI card will help citizens avail basic government services like driving licenses, passports and voters identity cards.

Lets wish success for the project & Nandan in this great effort.

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