Aug 1, 2009

No decision on I-cards in rest of country: Maken

New Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI)

Government today said it was yet to take a decision on issuing identity cards to usual residents in the rest of the country.

Based on the experience of the pilot project on Multi- purpose National Identity Card, the government has proposed to create a National Population Register (NPR) in the country along with 2011 census, Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

For the NPR, details on specific characteristics of each individual shall be collected along with photographs and finger biometrics of all those who are 18 years of age and above, he said.

"The scheme for coastal areas envisages identity cards to be given to all the usual residents who are 18 years of age and above," Maken said.

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