April 2, 2010

         India is launching a new census in which every person aged over 15 will be photographed and fingerprinted to create a biometric national database.On April 1st the task of counting its teeming billion-plus population started, with 2.5 million people set to fan out over the country to begin work for the 2011 census.The massive exercise, to be spread over next 11 months, will mark a milestone as the first-ever National Population Register (NPR) will also be prepared in which all persons aged over 15 years will be photographed and fingerprinted to create a biometric national database. With this India will probably become the first democratic nation in the world which would have got its population fingerprinted in a year from now.

     President Pratibha Devisingh Patil was the first person to be listed as she is the first citizen of the Nation. She appealed to her compatriots to follow her example “for the good of the nation.''. Data collected for the National Population Register will in turn facilitate the issue of the 16-digit Unique Identity Numbers to all Indian residents. This will serve as a one-stop proof for all Indians to establish their identity, eliminating the current need to produce multiple personal documents. All 640 districts, 5,767 tehsils, 7,742 towns and more than six lakh villages will be covered.The first identity numbers are expected to be issued by November this year.

 Being a Indian I feel that the new Biometric ID will help people to easily gain access Government benefits,and donot have to carry multiple IDs,The Government will be able to counter crime and Terrorism easily .




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