The government is initiating measures on a war footing to ensure availability of multipurpose identity cards to all citizens by 2011. “The National Population Register will be ready by 2011 and the Multipurpose National Identity Cards will be issued to all residents in 2011,” Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday.
This is a part of efforts to keep a tab on terrorists mixing with common people.
The project aims at providing a unique national identity number to each person in the National Population Register, Chidambaram said here after assuming office.
However, keeping in view the complexities involved in both the process and technology, a pilot project has been under implementation on an experimental basis covering a population of 30.95 lakhs in selected areas in 12 states and one Union Territory.
“Work has already started in the coastal districts and in Andaman and Nicobar Islands,” he said.
The identity card is a smart card with a microprocessor chip. A technical committee constituted by the government with representatives from National Informatics Centre, IIT Kanpur, Bharat Electronics Limited, Indian Telephone Industries Limited, Electronics Corporation of India Limited, Intelligence Bureau and others had recommended the secure card.
Sources said the implementation of the scheme in the entire country would be based in the light of the experiences gained and lessons learnt from the pilot project.
The identity smart cards are being issued to citizens of 18 years in age and more under the pilot project. The decision to implement the pilot project in the coastal areas has been taken keeping in view the aspects relating to enhancement of security in coastal areas following the Mumbai terror attacks.