Accenture will give Indian residents ID cards

Accenture has been awarded a contract by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide multimodal biometric identification technology to its Aadhaar ID program.

The Aadhaar scheme wants to give every single Indian resident a unique number, which it claims will be easier for them to securely access government and commercial services.

Accenture’s job will be to issues 200 million enrolments. Failing that the company will work on the contract for two years to get as many Indian citizens enrolled. It will work with Aadhaar to build a new system, which it said will help manage identity-related de-duplication and verification requests from both public and private organisations. It will also put in place a biometric system to record the personal information of citizens.

Krishna Giri, managing director at Accenture, told the Times of India: “Aadhaar will not only be designed to enable the Government to deliver important social welfare programs like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) to rural India, but also provide easier access for residents to services and resources such as health, education and welfare programs.”

Although the company said the system would be designed to reach the “remotest” residents of India we can’t quite see how it will manage. There’s a population of 1.2 billion people and, like those in the UK, we wonder if these people actually want ID cards. Accenture has its work cut out.