Infosys Technologies Ltd’s Nandan Nilekani has resigned from the
company’s board and also relinquished his position as co-chairman
following his appointment as chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of
India by Prime Minister’s office, the company said in a release.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had invited Nilekani, co-chairman of the
country’s second largest software company, to chair an authority that
will create a unique identification database of the country's citizens, reports
As chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIA), Nilekani
would enjoy the rank of cabinet minister, the Prime Minister's office said in a
The functioning of the authority and activities to be performed by the UIA
would serve multiple objectives. The authority shall have the responsibility to
lay down plans and policies to implement the unique identification scheme in
It shall own and operate the unique identification number database and be
responsible for its updation and maintenance on an ongoing basis.
Nilekani’s name had earlier been discussed as a member of the planning
commission with the rank of a minister of state. But it was later felt that the
UIA project requires a professional of the stature and calibre of Nilekani.
As the chairperson of the UIA need to deal with other ministries like home,
labour, rural development and information technology, it was felt to assign
cabinet minister’s to the post.
The first UPA government had on 28th January notified the UIA under the
planning commission and provided Rs1 billion in the interim budget to start the
Nilekani is co-founder of Infosys and has served as a director on the
company’s board since its inception in 1981. Between March 2002 and June
2007, he served as the company’s chief executive and managing director.
Thereafter, he was re-designated as the co-chairman of the company. –
Yogesh Sapkale [email protected]