Just in time before general elections, the Centre is serious about completing the pilot project of issuing multi-purpose national identity cards (MNICs) to citizens by March 2009 .The home ministry is actively pushing to implement the scheme viewing it as a chance to enhance the security cover of the country. Besides, the scheme will also facilitate the national level e-governance programme.
In the backdrop of rising cases of terrorism, infiltration and fake voter ID, ration card which are difficult to detect, the government is serious about operationalisng the scheme. But given that the maintenance period of renewing cards and issuing new cards to those citizens left uncovered under the scheme, which is still not been completed in states like UP, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Jammu, Tripura and Agartala,the extension given for the project implementation was indeed necessary, which was earlier supposed to be implemented by December 2008.
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