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Multi-purpose smart card likely by 2013

Posted on: November 11, 2011


  • The Centre is planning to issue multi-purpose smart identity cards to all adult citizens by 2013-end, a proposal that could help cut costs for the exchequer.
  • “The proposal has been made under the amendment to the Citizenship Act effected in 2003. The Registrar-General of India has proposed to issue smart identity cards to all citizens… aged above 18. The proposal is under the consideration by the Department of Expenditure,” a senior official of the Registrar-General and Census Commissioner told PTI.
  • Adults constitute roughly 65 per cent of the country’s population, and the government estimates that each smart card will cost about Rs.50. “The final cost will be based on the recommendations from a technical committee, which has been set up under Director-General of the National Informatics Centre B.K. Gairola,” the official said. The recommendations are expected by October-end.
  • Among other things, the proposed smart cards will carry Aadhar numbers issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, photographs, biometric data like fingerprints, and an iris scan of the cardholder on an electronic chip.

read more at thehindu.com

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