Government has no proposal to integrate Aadhaar project & NPR

Government has informed that it is not considering any proposal to integrate the UID (Aadhaar) project with National Population Register (NPR). In December 2010, the National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and was thereafter referred to the Standing Committee on Finance. The UPA government had to freeze Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfers in the wake of reservations over certain issues.

The new government is likely to continue Aadhaar registrations as Rs 2,039.64 crore has been provided in the budget 2014-15 for the Aadhaar for the current fiscal, as against Rs 1,550 crore allocated in 2013-14. Around 73.71 crore Aadhaar enrolments have been done till mid-July, with 8.45 crore rejections by the Unique Identification Authority of India implementing the project.

Since its beginning, UIDAI has generated 64.05 crore Aadhaars and incurred an expenditure of Rs 4,620.61 crore so far. The Aadhaar enrolments are being conducted in all districts of 22 states and union territories allocated to the project. The authority was tasked with collecting biometrics of 60 crore residents and remaining India’s population was to be covered under the NPR project.

During UPA rule, it was decided by the Cabinet Committee on UIDAI that all residents would be provided National Multi-purpose Identity Cards under NPR, and UIDAI would generate Unique identification number for entire population. Both UIDAI and NPR were to share the biometric data gathered by them for issuing NMIC and generating unique identification number.

The NPR is a comprehensive identity database preserved by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India under the Home Ministry.

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