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With unique ID number, get a smart card free

You will not only get a unique ID number but also a smart card. The home ministry has decided to take upon the gigantic task of moving beyond the National Population Register and issuing millions of smart cards to registered residents.

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2010 00:05 IST
HT Correspondent

You will not only get a unique ID number but also a smart card.

The home ministry has decided to take upon the gigantic task of moving beyond the National Population Register and issuing millions of smart cards to registered residents.

The population register and numbers on the smart cards would be based on the unique identity numbers issued by the Nandan Nilekani-headed Unique Identification Authority of India.

A home ministry official said the each smart card would cost the exchequer Rs 28 due to economies of scale once the nationwide roll-out commences.

Each photo ID card for the coastal villages currently costs the government Rs 80.