Government planning multi-purpose ID cards

March 5th, 2008 - 1:11 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) The union government Tuesday reiterated its plans to issue Multi-Purpose National Identity cards (MNIC) so as to provide a unique identity to each citizen. “The government proposes to issue Multi-purpose National Identity (smart) Cards (MNIC) to citizens in the country. The project envisages providing unique National Identity Number (NIN) to each person in the National Population Register (NPR),” union Minister of State for Home Affairs H. Gavit informed the Lok Sabha.

Gavit said the central government had sought the opinion of state governments on the issue, but not received any inputs for mandatory issuing of Photo Identity Cards to citizens of neighbouring countries residing in the states.

A pilot project is being implemented covering a population of three million in selected areas in 12 states and one union territory. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pudducherry.

Under the pilot project, identity (smart) cards are being issued to the citizens of 18 years age and above.

The production and distribution of identity cards has been undertaken through central public sector undertakings. An amount of Rs.443 million has been sanctioned for the pilot project.

Based on the results, the project would be extended to the whole country.

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