According to an official source, the Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will discuss on Tuesday the proposal of the Planning Commission to allow UIDAI to start enrolments in states and union territories which were not part of its mandated operations. (Agencies)
The Cabinet Committee could not discuss the proposal on last Thursday in its scheduled meeting due to paucity of time. The Commission's proposal is based on the view that this is required to speed up collection of biometrics details of residents for issuing them Aadhaar numbers as well as a National Multi-purpose Identity Cards (NMIC).
Besides, the government wants to use Aadhaar and NMIC for its ambitious scheme of direct benefit transfer where beneficiaries' pension, scholarships and other subsidy payments are directly credited to their bank accounts.
"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 NPR is collecting biometrics details of resident, to speed up enrolments," an official source had said earlier.
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.
At present UIDAI has issued 56 crore Aadhaar cards so far to residents against the mandated 60 crore, whereas RGI has enrolled around 14 crore under NPR.
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 the NMICs to all residents.
According to an official, UIDAI may be allowed to enroll in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Chhattisgarh where enrolments were slow under the 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 and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, 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.
According to an official source, the Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will discuss on Tuesday the proposal of the Planning Commission to allow UIDAI to start enrolments in states and union territories which were not part of its mandated operations.