The government has cleared the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)’s proposal to enroll an extra 40 crore people in 16 states, while the biometrics in other states will be collected under the NPR project. The Home Minister has said that there will be no duplication of work between the UIDAI and the National Population Register (NPR). The NPR is collected by the Home Minister.
“Both the projects (National Population Register or NPR and UID) have different purposes and there is a wide consensus that both the projects should move ahead concurrently,” said Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
While the government has cleared additional Rs 5,791.74 crore for the UIDAI. The Nandan Nilekani-led UIDAI has assured that the security concerns raised by the home ministry would be addressed. The entire process by the two agencies will be completed by June next year.
Home Minister, Chidambaram said that the usage of Aadhar number will also begin soon. “Aadhar number will be useful only when we use it in different programmes,” Chidamabaram said. UIDAI Chairman welcomed the suggestion given by Chidambaram of no duplication of works and said, “This will combine the strengths of both the models – UID and NPR.”
The NPR will continue to capture biometric data, but if a person says he/she has taken an Aadhar number, no biometric data will then be collected by the NPR. The Home Minister said that the applications of Aadhar can be used for other things including MNREGA, scholarships and ration cards.