Patiala: There is another chance for armed licence holders who have still not applied for Unique Identification Number.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has extended the cut-off date for digitisation of armed licences under the National database of armed licenses to March 31, 2016. Licences of all those who are yet to get UID will not be cancelled for now.
“We appeal to all armed licence holders to fulfill the mandatory provisions. Over 2,000 licence holders are yet to get their UID number. The administration will soon issue a public notice,” he added.
UID number is generated after details of licence holders are entered in to the electronic automated system developed by the National Informatics Centre.
“All districts are using the same software created by the NIC for the purpose of UID generation,” the DC informed.
Why UID number?
This digitisation process of armed licences was started by the MHA in February to create a national database on arms licences across the country that has over 40 million guns, second only to the US.
The system, once completed, would come in handy at times like general elections when licences are to be surrendered and ensuring better compliance. It will also help in keeping a check on criminal activities in the area.
In Punjab, it is a perennial problem that gun-toting Punjabis refuse to deposit their licensed firearms with the police during state or general elections.
The amendment of Arms Rules in 2012 paved way for digitisation of armed licence records in Patiala which is among the highest of all districts in Punjab having nearly 4 lakh armed licence holders. Patiala district alone has 25,000 armed licence holders.