On 25 June 2009, the Cabinet also created and approved the position of the Chairperson of the UIDAI, and appointed Mr. Nandan Nilekani as the first Chairperson in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister and Mr. Ram Sewak Sharma as the Director General and Mission Director. Presently, Dr. A B P Pandey handles the position of Director General and Mission Director as well as the additional responsibilities of the Chairman.
The role that the Authority envisions is to issue a unique identification number (UIDAI) that can be verified and authenticated in an online, cost-effective manner, which is robust enough to eliminate duplicate and fake identities.
The first UIDAI numbers will be issued over the next 12-18 months counted from August 2009. The first number would be issued between August 2010 to February 2011. Government has asked UIDAI to generate 100 crore Aadhaar numbers by 2015. The numbers will be issued through various 'registrar' agencies across the country.