Aiming to equip every Indian with a National Identity Card, BJP on Friday promised to launch a programme to establish a countrywide system of such multipurpose cards so as to ensure national security.
Releasing its manifesto on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navmi today, the BJP proposes to provide national identity cards to all citizens to ensure correct welfare delivery, accurate tax collection, financial inclusion and voter registration if the party comes to power at the centre.
Voter identity cards, PAN cards, passports, ration cards and BPL cards are already in use, but all of them do not include photographs. The NDA proposes to make it incumbent for every Indian to have a National Identity Card.
The programme will be completed in three years. The National Identity Card will contain enough memory and processing capabilities to run multiple applications and will also be linked to a bank account.
All welfare payments including widow and old age pensions, through the wide range of schemes such as mother and child support, kisan credit, student assistance and micro-credit will be channelised through the National Identity Card.
The card will make it possible for individuals to save and borrow money and for farmers to get bank credit.