The second phase of the Unique Identification Programme (UID) Aadhar project is all set to begin within a week's time. However, this time verification of an applicant's documents has been made mandatory unlike in the first phase.
The revenue department has found a number of discrepancies in the data collected in the first phase for the UID Aadhar project in Delhi.
According to the officials, most of these glitches have been noted in the cases of 'biometric exceptions,' where the applicants cannot give their unique identity prints—footprints, finger prints and eye scans —because of serious physical impairments.
"Ideally, these are rarest of rare cases but many such cases have come to our notice in the first phase itself, when around 1.3 crore Delhiites enrolled for the project," said Vijay Dev, divisional commissioner, Delhi government.
According to sources, there have been cases where many persons were passed into the 'biometric exception' category to hasten the process of issuing UID cards to them.
"We are scanning the data and such discrepancies wouldn't go unpunished," Dev said. All those applicants who could not get themselves registered in the first phase will have an opportunity to get enrolled now.
"We are hoping to register a total of 30-40 lakh people in the second phase of the UID Aadhar project in the city. Fresh guidelines for the next stage of registrations have also been received. Now, people will also have to give their address proofs, which wasn't required in the earlier phase. This is as per the directions of the Union home ministry," added Dev.
The people who undergo UID card registration can skip giving biometric details while getting registered for the National Population Register (NPR).
"When the authorities call them for the NPR process, they can simply cite their UID card registration number and that will suffice," added Dev. So far only 1.03 crore cards have been delivered out of the total 1.30 crore that were enrolled in the initial phase.