Along with the census 2011, work for database for ambitious unique identification project will also begin which will result in national identity number (NIN) to be given to all the residents above age of 15 of the country, census director of Gujarat state Manish Bhardwaj said.
"We will first begin the house listing operation in April 2010, and all the houses will be assigned a number by 1.5 lakh teachers to be involved in the exercise," he said.
Normally, after house listing, population enumeration operation is undertaken and subsequently census is declared after the operation. But this time, national population register will be done before population enumeration.
"In national population register, each individual of above 15 years and is resident of the country irrespective of the nationality, will be registered with his/her finger prints, bio metric details and a photograph in a separate form," Bhardwaj said, while explaining the project yesterday.
"Once the database in national population register is prepared, it will be handed over to the unique identification authority which will undertake the exercise of de-duplication and verification of the database collected from across the country," he said.