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Biometric details of people being collected at seven places

To avail benefits:Registration of people under the National Population Register of Indian Citizens’ project began in Erode Corporation limits on Friday. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
To avail benefits:Registration of people under the National Population Register of Indian Citizens’ project began in Erode Corporation limits on Friday. —PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The process of enrolling people in the National Population Register (NPR) has commenced in the Erode Corporation limits on Friday.

An agency appointed under the National Population Register (NPR) programme has started capturing biometric details of people at seven places covering six wards of the erstwhile Erode municipality: Thirunagar Colony Corporation Middle School, Vairapalayam Arulneri Thirupani High School, Corporation Middle School at Vinayakar Kovil Street, Good Shepherd Matriculation School, Corporation Girls High School at Cauvery Road, Corporation School at Periyamariamman Kovil Street and Corporation Middle School at Karungalpalayam.

Mayor Mallika Paramasivam inaugurated the exercise in the presence of Deputy Mayor K.C. Palanisamy and Corporation Commissioner M. Vijayalakshmi.

The government, under the project, is collecting the personal and biometric information of residents aged above five years. Biometric parameters including the photograph, fingerprints and iris impressions are being collected during the exercise.

People should bring the acknowledgement slip given during the census conducted in June / July 2010 and fill-up the Know Your Resident form with details such as family card number, voters’ identity card number, driving licence number, Permanent Account Number, Passport Number, etc.

After the completion of the capture of biometric details, the data would be processed and a unique number and a smart card would be provided, officials here said.

Registration in the NPR is mandatory for all the residents as the government has planned to utilise the NPR data for the implementation of various development programmes and distribute welfare assistance effectively, officials added.

Those who had registered for Aadhar unique identification number (UID) should also attend the NPR camp and provide all necessary details. However, there is no need for providing the biometric details again. All the data collected under the NPR will be referred to the Unique Identification Authority of India for elimination of duplication, officials said.

“People should not confuse the NPR process with the Aadhar UID. NPR registration has wider application and it will used for several purposes. So, people should attend the NPR special camps and register themselves without fail,” a senior official said.

Ms. Vijayalakshmi said the civic body would organise more NPR special camps in a phased manner to ensure 100 percent coverage.

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