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Sunday, July 20, 2014

NDA’s national ID cards may kill UPA’s Aadhar


NDA’s national ID cards may kill UPA’s Aadhar

• MHA asks Register general of India to identify citizens and non-citizen
• NPR undertake door-to-door verification drive for the National Register of Indian Citizens
• Every citizen to get national ID card after verification drive
• Non-citizens may get resident ID cards of different colour

Bharati Jain/TNN

New Delhi: In a move to target government welfare schemes and subsidies on citizens of the country, The Union home ministry has asked the Register General of India (RGI) to identify the ‘citizens’ and ‘non-citizens’ while preparing the National Population Register (NPR). The NPR authorities will undertake a door-to-door verification exercise across the country in this regard.
The Register, to be called the National Register of Indian Citizens, will serve as the data base for national identity cards carrying a unique national ID number for each citizen, besides other identification fields. 
TOI has learnt that NPR authorities will carry out the nationwide verification exercise to establish the citizenship of each and every person on its population database. A list of documents – including birth and death certificates, land records, school records – have been identified for proof of citizenship.
While stage 1 of the NPR project – creation of an electronic database of residents – is over, the second stage covering collection of biometrics is underway. The approval for the third stage – verification – will be sought next. Once the national register of Indian citizens is prepared, a national ID card will be issued to each citizen. As for non-citizen residents, there is a proposal to issue them resident from the national ID cards.
The go-ahead for creation of the national register through linkage with birth and death registration and issuance of national ID cards came at a meeting on Wednesday held by Union home minister Rajnath Singh to review the NPR scheme. Singh’s call for “taking the (NPR) project to its logical conclusion of the National Register of Indian Citizens,” is being seen as a major indication that the proposed national ID number rather than Aadhar, would be the new basis for disbursal of government benefits.
Sources indicated that Singh acknowledged the lacunae, in UPA’s flagship Aadhar scheme, particularly the fact it envisaged issuance of Aadhar number to all usual residents including foreign nationals and illegal immigrants. This would entitle them to benefits under scheme like NREGA and subsidies through direct cash transfers.
Government sources indicated that UIADI which administers Aadhar, may soon see its role diminished due to de-duplication.

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