The pilot project of biometric enrolment being implemented in the State as part of the second phase of data collection for the National Population Register (NPR) will commence in the Kottayam municipal area on June 8.

Speaking to mediapersons at the district collectorate here on Wednesday, Census Director V.M. Gopala Menon said that the biometric data of every individual such as fingerprints, photographs and retina scan would be collected. Each individual would be provided their unique identification number in the next phase.

The collection of data would be done with the technical assistance of the Palakkad unit of the Indian Telephone Industries Limited (ITI).

Special camps would be organised in each ward of the Kottayam municipal area for one month. Facilities are being put in place to ensure that as many as 5 to 10 persons can simultaneously submit their details at the camps. Nearly 125 officials have been deployed in the municipality as part of the project.

Mr. Menon appealed to all to ensure the veracity of the details submitted for preparation of the NPR.

He also said that those appearing for the registration should produce the original copy of every relevant document including the acknowledgement slip issued during the previous phase of the exercise, ration card, employment guarantee scheme card, voter's identity card, driving licence, PAN card and passport.

District Collector Mini Antony also participated in the press conference.

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