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Unique Identification Cards for India's Poor - 01 Mar 2013 
Images showing villagers going through tests in order to attain their Unique Identification (UID) cards at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in
an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes.

If successful, the initiative could also bring modern banking to the doorstep of rural India, a goal towards which progress has
so far been fitful despite mandatory targets set by the government and Reserve Bank of India. "Nearly 80 farmers in the village have taken crop loans. They have more confidence in banks now," says Dangi, who earns 1,500 rupees ($30) a month plus commissions. "They now know banks are not cheats to swallow up their money." 
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February 28, 2013 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for Unique Identification (UID) database system at... 
MERTA, India 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for UID database system at an enrolment centre at... 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013.In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for the Unique Identification (UID) database... 
MERTA, India 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for UID database system at Merta district in... 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 22, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
Radha, 75, a vegetable vendor poses with her hands after she got her fingerprint scanned for the Unique... 
MERTA, India 
Radha poses with her hands after she got her fingerprint scanned for UID database system at Merta district... 
Radha, 75, a vegetable vendor poses with her hands after she got her fingerprint scanned for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 22, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for Unique Identification (UID) database system at... 
MERTA, India 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for UID database system at an enrolment centre at... 
A villager goes through the process of eye scanning for Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013.In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for the Unique Identification (UID) database... 
MERTA, India 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for UID database system at Merta district in... 
Village women stand in a queue to get themselves enrolled for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 22, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
Villagers crowd inside an enrolment centre for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at Merta... 
MERTA, India 
Villagers crowd inside an enrolment centre for UID database system at Merta district in Rajasthan 
Villagers crowd inside an enrolment centre for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
A villager prepares to be photographed for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment... 
MERTA, India 
A villager prepares to be photographed for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment... 
A villager prepares to be photographed for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY POVERTY BUSINESS) 
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February 28, 2013 
A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner to register for the Unique Identification... 
MERTA, India 
A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner to register for the Unique Identification... 
A villager goes through the process of a fingerprint scanner to register for the Unique Identification (UID) database system at an enrolment centre at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS) 
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February 28, 2013 
Ghewar Ram (R), 55, and his wife Champa Devi, 54, display their Unique Identification (UID) cards outside... 
MERTA, India 
Ram and his wife Champa display their UID cards outside their hut at Merta district in Rajasthan 
Ghewar Ram (R), 55, and his wife Champa Devi, 54, display their Unique Identification (UID) cards outside their hut at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 28, 2013 
Unique Identification (UID) database system operators work inside a temporary space at Merta district... 
MERTA, India 
UID database system operators work inside a temporary space at Merta district in Rajasthan 
Unique Identification (UID) database system operators work inside a temporary space at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 22, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
An operator arranges the Unique Identification (UID) documents submitted by people for their enrolment... 
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An operator arranges the Unique Identification (UID) documents submitted by people for their enrolment... 
An operator arranges the Unique Identification (UID) documents submitted by people for their enrolment in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 23, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POVERTY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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February 28, 2013 
A general view of an enrolment centre for the Unique Identification (UID) database system is pictured... 
MERTA, India 
A general view of an enrolment centre for the Unique Identification (UID) database system is pictured... 
A general view of an enrolment centre for the Unique Identification (UID) database system is pictured at Merta district in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan February 21, 2013. In a more ambitious version of programmes that have slashed poverty in Brazil and Mexico, the Indian government has begun to use the UID database, known as Aadhaar, to make direct cash transfers to the poor, in an attempt to cut out frauds who siphon billions of dollars from welfare schemes. Picture taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY POVERTY) 
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