No home for Nilekani in Delhi

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 10:14 Hrs
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New Delhi: It has been two months since he took charge as the Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), but Nandan Nilekani is yet to find a proper office and a residence in New Delhi. The former Chief Executive of Infosys operates out of Room No. 124 of Yojana Bhavan, the seat of the Planning Commission, reports DNA.

The office space crunch has slowed down recruitment for the Unique Identification (UID) project. The only relief for Nilekani is that he spends three days in a week in Bangalore, where the technical office of the project is located. While Ram Sewak Sharma, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer attached to his department, has been allotted another room at the place, other staffers sit outside Nilekani's room.

"We are looking for space, let's see," said Nilekani. There were rumors that the UIDAI would be shifted to the Life Insurance Corporation building at Connaught Place. "That is an option we are looking at," he said. Nilekani has reportedly refused space offered in Vigyan Bhavan, where some judicial commissions operate from.

The reason for the delay, sources in the Prime Minister's Office said, could be in the nature of Nilekani's appointment. "Although the UID project is the Home Ministry's baby and will require that Ministry to implement it, the department has been attached to the Planning Commission," said an official.

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