UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani today said he will resign from his job by March-end to contest Lok Sabha election on Congress ticket.
Nilekani, whose name is doing the rounds for Bangalore South constituency, however, did not say when he will join Congress party. "I will be there for a few more weeks. I will be stepping down by end of March," Nilekani, who also co-founded the country's leading software services firm Infosys, told reporters here. He added that the UID is now in a position where anybody can take it forward from this point.
When asked about the constituency from where he will be contesting the elections, he said:"Subject to getting the ticket from Bangalore South".
Nilekani also said he has been meeting people in that capital city and issues like public transport, water supply and education would be some of the major priority areas for him during the elections. "There are issues like how to improve water supply.
Education is a big challenge for children and jobs also," he said.
On a question whether he is taking a big risk by contesting elections, Nilekani, in a lighter vein, said: "In any case, I do not plan to lose". He added that in worst case he might lose but that "risk taking is part of life". "The reason I chose political path (was because) a lot of changes are required in the system," he said.
Further on Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman expressed hope that about 90 crore Aadhaar numbers would be issued by 2015.
So far 58.7 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued, he added. "When UID was formed in 2009, we had set (a target to generate) 60 crore aadhaars by 2014. We are now about 58.7 crore. So we are about 1.3 crore short of the target which will happen in another few weeks. Recently, the government also gave us mandate to go to four more states - Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand which has a total population of 33 crore. So we will build a system now which can do 30 crore a year. So I think with the momentum continuing, we are looking at enrollments of upto 90 crore by sometime in 2015," he said.
Nilekani also said that use of Aadhaar cards for voting purpose will be decided by the Election Commission.