Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday asked districts along the porous Indo-Bangla border to guard against Bangladeshi nationals trying to enrol their names into the National Population Register that begins next month.
Chidambaram’s note came at a conference of district chiefs on the National Population Register, which could form the principal database for the Unique Identity Number to be issued by the UID authority.
“There is a danger, mostly in Indo-Bangla border — people crossing over and get enumerated in the NPR,” he said. Similar vigil would have to be maintained along the Indo-Nepal border too.
Driving home the gigantic task that lay before them, he noted that the register and the 2011 headcount was the “biggest exercise” of its kind since humankind came into existence. “Nowhere in the world has a government tried to count, identify and issue identity cards to more than a billion people,” he said.
The fieldwork for the NPR begins on 1 April when 2.5 million enumerators would collect information across 16 parameters about residents older than 15 years.
Emphasising on greater accuracy of the data generated by enumerators, Ajay Maken, Minister of state in the home ministry, reminded them that unlike the past when census data went uncontested, this year would be different.
Maken said it was realistic to expect 8-12 crore people to get left out in the first round but efforts should be made to achieve cent per cent coverage.