Since the Aadhar program launched in 2010, 6.6 crore of the 11.23 crore population in Maharashtra have received their Aadhar card. "We have geared up our entire machinery. Besides 4,000 machines in operation, the state government is in the process of procuring 2,000 more machines. We will be able to provide the cards to maximum people before March 31, 2014," Ajay Bhushan Pandey, deputy director general, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
The Aadhar card process has been simplified with the recent addition of the SMS notification. Once a person is enrolled, upon receiving an SMS, the Aadhar card can be downloaded. It is no longer necessary to wait for the card to arrive in the mail. To date, the largest number of Aadhar cards has been distributed to citizens in the Wardha district. 93% of the people in the district have received Aadhar cards. Wardha district is one of approximately 20 districts that have linked the Aadhar card to LPG cylinders, allowing the Aadhar card holder the ability to link their Aadhar card directly to their bank account.
India’s Aadhar program remains the most technologically progressive project with 400 million citizens enrolled of the 1.2 billion population. No other country has attempted to collect information on such a large scale in such a short amount of time.