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Lok Sabha Question on National Population Register (NPR)

 

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

 

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LOK SABHA

 

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. †305

 

TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 6th AUGUST, 2013/SRAVANA 15, 1935 (SAKA)

 

 

ISSUANCE OF MNIC

 

†305. ADV. GANESHRAO DUDHGAONKAR:

 

DR. KIRODI LAL MEENA:

 

SHRIMATI BHAVANA GAWALI PATIL:

 

Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

 

(a) whether the Government has decided to prepare a National Population

 

Register (NPR) and to issue a nationwide Multi-purpose National Indentity

 

Card (MNIC) on the basis of the NPR;

 

(b) if so, the details thereof and the present status of the project along with

 

the time by which the MNIC is likely to be issued;

 

(c) whether the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had also

 

been entrusted with this task and is already working on such kind of big

 

projects;

 

(d) if so, the details thereof;

 

(e) the details of the mandate of UIDAI and NPR so as to check duplication

 

of such tasks; and

 

(f) the total expenditure likely to be incurred in this regard?

 

ANSWER

 

MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

 

(SHRI R.P.N.SINGH)

 

 

(a) & (b): Yes, madam. Government has decided to prepare National

 

Population Register (NPR) in the country. The collection of demographic

 

data for creation of NPR for the entire country has already been completed

 

through house-to-house enumeration. Scanning of all filled-in NPR schedule

 

(i.e., approximately 27 crore) has been done. Data digitization of more than

 

117.32 crore population has been completed. Biometric enrolment of more

 

than 16.90 crore population is over. The biometric data of 12.38 crore

 

persons have been sent to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

 

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L.S.U.S.Q. NO.305 FOR 06.08.2013

 

and Aadhaar number for 7.26 crore persons, enrolled under NPR, has been

 

generated.

 

There is no proposal to issue Multi-purpose National Identity Card (MNIC) at

 

present. However, proposals for issuance of Resident Identity [smart] Cards

 

(RICs) to all usual residents in the country who are of age 18 years and

 

above, under the scheme of NPR in the country has been appraised by the

 

Expenditure Finance Committee and recommended. The Union Cabinet has

 

considered this proposal on 31.01.2013 and has directed that the proposal

 

may, in the first instance, be considered by a Group of Ministers (GoM). The

 

GoM has since been constituted and two meetings have since been held.

 

(c) & (d): The UIDAI issues Unique Identification Number called ‘Aadhaar

 

Number’ based on the demographic and biometric attributes of the person

 

residing in India through the multiple Registrar model. The RGI is one of its

 

Registrars. The Aadhaar number is intimated through a letter and the

 

authority is not issuing smart cards.

 

(e): The mandate of UIDAI is to de-duplicate and generate a unique

 

identity number called ‘Aadhaar’. The enrolment for Aadhaar is voluntary.

 

The de-duplication and generation of Aadhaar number by UIDAI is a part of

 

NPR process. To minimize the duplication of efforts between NPR and

 

UIDAI, the Government has decided that NPR enrolments will continue as

 

envisaged [since enrolement under NPR is mandatory] but during the

 

course of NPR biometric enrolment, a person indicates she/he is already

 

enrolled for Aadhaar, the biometric data will not be captured for NPR.

 

Instead the Aadhaar number will be recorded in NPR and the biometric data

 

will be sourced from the UIDAI.

 

(f): The Government has approved ` 6,649.05 crore for creation of NPR in

 

the entire country. The total estimated outlay approved by the Cabinet

 

Committee on UIDAI for the UID Project is ` 12,398.22 crore.

 

 

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