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Updated: October 20, 2013 19:40 IST

Resident ID cards to arrive by year-end

K. Lakshmi
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Biometric camps on in 14 locations; collection of details to be completed by June

Residents of the city will get their resident identity cards (RIC) by the end of this year or early next year.

The Directorate of Census Operations, Tamil Nadu, which started enrolling people through biometric camps, will complete collecting biometric and demographic data of the residents in Thousand Lights, Purasawalkam, Egmore and Nungambakkam by the end of this month. The collection of biometric data for all areas in the city will be completed by June.

The project to prepare biometric data, including finger prints, iris and photograph, of the residents under the National Population Register was started in December last year along with Chennai Corporation. Officials of the directorate of census operations said that the biometric camps would help in collecting data of residents for issuing resident identity card, which is a smart card with a micro-processor chip containing information on other proof of identity documents.

Of the total 41.53 lakh people who will be covered, nearly 51,000 residents’ details have been collated so far. At present, the biometric camps to issue resident identity cards with unique identification number are being conducted in 14 different locations.

All city residents aged above five are being covered in the biometric data collection camps. Even those who have obtained Aadhar numbers from the postal department and banks have to provide details under the NPR to get their cards.

Krishna Rao, Joint Director, Directorate of Census Operations, said that “We are training enumerators to conduct camps in zone 5 (Royapuram) and zone 6 (Thiru.Vi.Ka.Nagar). The camps will start by next week. We want to complete the process by June to enable issuing of the smart card.”

Enumerators would visit the residents of every ward and provide them with a Know your Residents plus form with information on the family members and date and venue of the camps. “Residents need not carry any documents other than the form as information on ration card, driving license and passport number would have been already collected,” an official said.

Mr. Rao said that residents could make corrections on the data being registered in both English and Tamil during the camps to avoid mistakes in the RIC.

Once this exercise is completed, residents would get a card with their unique identification number called ‘Aadhaar’ by post. After verification of data, the list would be displayed at designated centres to enable residents to check errors. The Bangalore-based BHEL would provide the RIC with micro-chip containing integrated data from all other identity cards.

The directorate has completed data collection process in five districts, including Ariyalur and Karur. While 25 per cent of people have been covered in Kancheepuram, 7 per cent of the people have undergone biometric process in Tiruvallur district.

Officials said that the RIC will serve as proof of identity anywhere in the country and the unique number envisages the elimination of fake identities.

The government plans to make it a multi-purpose card which can be used as proof to access the state government’s welfare schemes.

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How many more identity proofs would we be getting.Now we have ration card,voters card,adhar card,passport,driving license,electricity bill,telephone bill,gas bill,property tax receipt,PAN card,Postal identity cards.And none of them has yet been fool proof.

from:  James
Posted on: Feb 16, 2013 at 00:32 IST

It is a welcome news for all resident Indian citizens. In regard to Chennai residents, I would like the Director of Census, Government of Tamil Nadu and the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation to come out with a joint notification in the print and electronic media detailing the time schedule, venue for collection and submission of forms for registering under NPR scheme, Corporation Zonal Office address, phone number/mobile number/ e mail ID of the official concerned who can be contacted by the public and who can provide proper guidance/assistance in the matter. Operations. This should be given top priority keeping in view the dead line fixed by the authorities.

from:  M.Natarajan
Posted on: Feb 15, 2013 at 10:01 IST

I am slightly confused. The main article speaks of NPR and Aadhaar number. I thought both are different subject to being merged later. How can NPR issue an Aadhaar number.???
Where can we call for more info for registering under NPR.??

from:  Nakkeeran
Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 at 23:21 IST

Could the Newspaper get and provide more details on this process for e.g contact numbers for each zone designate, when we will know if forms are distributed (if we are not at home and gone to work) and also about the new zones in chennai corporation - will they be treated as part of old Kancheepuram district or as per new chennai zone.

from:  Jay
Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 at 11:01 IST

Going by the article, I presume that the citizens need not register for
Aadhar separately. A clarification from the concerned departments would
help clear the confusion. With several Cooking gas suppliers insisting
on Aadhar from next year, I hope this does not create problems for the
general public.

from:  Malathi
Posted on: Feb 14, 2013 at 10:49 IST
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