You may have undergone lot of pain to apply for voluntary unique identification (UID) or an Aadhaar number. Soon, you will also have to visit another camp to get the union home ministry's national identity card.
If you have not got a UID card yet, you can get both Aadhaar number and the identity card after providing your biometric details at one of the ministry's
camp conducted for collecting details for National Population Register (NPR).
Home minister P Chidambaram said biometric details of those having Aadhaar numbers would not be collected again but the information provided for it will be verified in the NPR data. "In case of variance NPR data prevails and Aadhaar will be corrected," he said.
It means that 17 crore people, who have sought or received Aadhaar, will have to mandatorily enroll for NPR. Another 40 crore people, which UID Authority now has mandate to enroll in next 18-20 months, will also have to visit an NPR camp.
Planning commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia said allowing the UID authority to enroll further will provide a developmental momentum as it has existing network of registrars in 16 states and union territories. "It was felt that a truly-tested system should not be stopped," he said when asked about the duplication of efforts in these states.
What is important for the government is its bid to link social development schemes such as public distribution system (PDS), old age and widow pensions and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) with Aadhaar to check pilferage and reduce the government's subsidy burden. The government's annual subsidy burden is over Rs 1 lakh crore.
The government has started pilots on Aadhaar-linked PDS in districts such as Medak in Andhra Pradesh where every resident has been covered.