According to an official source, the Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will discuss on Thursday a proposal of the Planning Commission to allow UIDAI to start enrolments in states and UTs which were not part of its mandated operations.

The commission's proposal is based on the view that this is required to speed up collection of biometrics details of residents and for issuing them Aadhaar numbers as well as a National Multi-purpose Identity Cards (NMIC).

Besides, government wants to use Aadhaar and NMIC for its ambitious scheme of direct benefit transfer where beneficiaries' accounts are directly credited for payment of pension, scholarships and other subsidies.

"The commission discussed the proposal with Registrar General of India (RGI) under the Ministry of Home Affairs. They have agreed that UIDAI can be allowed to enroll in some states where they are collecting biometrics details of resident, to speed up enrolments," he said.

At present, RGI is working on a project called National Population Register (NPR) which is a digital database of residents of the country with their biometrics details.

The UIDAI has issued 56 crore Aadhaar cards to residents against the mandated 60 crore so far whereas under NPR, RGI has enrolled around 14 crore.

As per an arrangement worked out in January 2012, UIDAI was asked to enroll 60 crore residents, while RGI was to enroll the remaining 61 crore under NPR to collect biometric data.

Using the biometrics data of the entire population, UIDAI is to issue Aadhaar numbers and RGI is to issue NMICs to all residents.

According to an official, the UIDAI can be allowed to enroll in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh where enrolments were slow under NPR project.

The states and union territories where RGI is enrolling residents and collecting their biometrics details under NPR are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.

RGI is also enrolling residents in Udupi, Gadag, Uttara Kannada, Haveri, Davangere, Bangalore rural, Chikkabalapur and Kodagu districts of Karnataka.

The UIDAI has been mandated to enroll residents in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Tripura.

(Agencies)

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