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Govt for new ID check

Govt for new ID check

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 02:31 IST

In the backdrop of the terror attacks in Mumbai, the conference of chief secretaries convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 19 at Vigyan Bhavan will discuss the modalities for better policing co-ordination between the states through the Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA) project. The conference will also discuss the implementation of the unique identity (UID) scheme for the residents of the country.

The background note for the meeting, which was sent to the Orissa government, said, “It should be realized that crimes and criminals’ databases, available in digital form for sharing by all, can't be neglected anymore. So all the states need to be at par in the use of IT, especially for crime-related work.” According to the background note, a sub-group set up by Ministry of Home Affairs examined the reasons for the slow speed of induction of IT in policing work of different states and concluded that the entire police functioning — from crime and criminal functions to personnel and inventory management — is too complex. Also, there are large variations in the way of working across the states.

The chief secretaries will work out modalities how the CIPA project can be expedited.

The background note on the UID added, “The UID scheme would assign an unique ID to every resident in the country. The objective of the UID project is to create a core data base (CDB) for all residents above 18, using the electoral roll as data base, which is cross referred and updated and is easily accessible to and used by all departments.” The UID scheme is being implemented by the Department of Information Technology under the supervision of the Planning Commission in consultation with MHA and Registrar General of Census of India. “The major responsibility for maintaining the data base would rest with the state governments,” the background note said.

The conference of chief secretaries will further discuss the progress of the “e-district project”. E-district is defined as one where more than 75 per cent of the services from the collectorate are ICT-enabled.