Bihar government reaches out to its people in a unique way by providing e-Shakti biometric card to each of its 10 crore citizens. The Department of Rural Development is working to roll out this project in the next two years. The Bihar Government decided to go for a common survey of people for both the e-Shakti and Unique Identification (UID) cards. The project is expected to cost between Rs 750 to Rs 1,000 crore and will take a minimum of two years to complete.
The card will be prepared on the basis of the 2011 census. The e-Shakti cards will be as good as UID ones. This multipurpose card will not only serve as identity card but various schemes and services will also be linked to it. Bihar's dream project, e-Shakti, was launched by CM Nitish Kumar in February 2009 as an evidence of his government's resolve to take 'sushasan' (good governance) to the rural masses.