Collection of biometric data to allot a unique identification number (UID) by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is all set to become a reality. Contrary to rumours that the biometric is just a gimmick by the Department of Census to deter people, the department has reiterated that will take place as soon as the date is fixed by UIDAI. “Biometric will take place. There is no reason for people to be afraid as it is for our benefit. We are expecting the dates shortly,” Director Census Operations Nagaland, Hekali Zhimomi said.
Biometric has already begun in the state of Manipur from today. In Nagaland it was proposed that the biometric be held simultaneously with phase-II of the Census operations but the department declined due to shortage of staff. The State government in a meeting earlier this month expressed interest to conduct the biometric at the earliest. It has written to the Centre to set the dates soon.
The biometric will take place circle wise. UIDAI officials along with Census enumerators and the biometric team will set up camps in villages. Biometrics such as photograph, fingerprints and probably Iris information will be added to the NPR for all persons aged 15 years and above. For those who are below 15, UID number will be linked to parents and guardians. After authentication, the details will be sent to UIDAI for de-duplication and issue of UID Numbers. The acknowledgement slip given to each household during phase-I of the Census operations must be produced for the biometric. If a person is found to be enumerated in two places, both will be rejected. The penalty for duplication will be as per the Schedule Registration Act, Government of India...