Registrar General and Census Commissioner Current Affairs

Sailesh appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner

Senior IAS officer Sailesh has been appointed as Registrar General and Census Commissioner  (RGCC) of India.

His appointment was confirmed by Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He has been appointed for a period till July 28, 2017 and shall succeed C Chandramouli after he completed his tenure.

Sailesh is a 1985 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre. Prior to this appointment he was serving as Additional Secretary in the Union Home Ministry.

About Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India

  • The post of the RGCC of India is usually held by a civil servant holding the rank of Joint Secretary to Government of India. It is responsible for conducting the decennial Census
  • He heads the Census organisation (mentioned in entry 69 of seventh schedule of Constitution) which functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

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Government hands over new Maritime Security Gadget to Navy, Coast guard

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has handed over Resident Identity Card (RIC) readers to Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan and Coast Guard Director General Vice-Admiral A G Thapliyal.

As part of RIC Scheme, these maritime security gadgets will be used by security agencies to check identity cards of the residents of coastal areas issued under RIC Scheme.

Government had issued more than 65 lakh people mainly residents of coastal villages with identity cards as per RIC Scheme under the National Population Registrar.

Key facts of Resident Identity Card (RIC) scheme

  • It aims to strengthen coastal security measures in 9 states and 4 Union Territories which have a sea-line running along their borders.
  • The scheme of issuing Cards is being implemented by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner– an office under the aegis of Union Home Ministry.
  • Under this scheme, Union Government will prepare National Population Registrar (NPR) in 3,331 coastal villages by issuing Resident Identity Cards (RIC).
  • RIC readers will be used by coastal security agencies to authenticate an individual’s demographic and biometric authentication without using Internet services.
  • RIC cards are manufactured indigenously and can be read only when the key present in the RIC readers.
  • RIC reader is temper-proof and self-destructs itself if it is opened in an unauthorized manner.
  • Initially, these card readers will be issued to the Navy and Coast Guard. Later it will be given to Maritime Police stations and state governments.

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