Centre okays data collection norms for UID

Cards to have fingerprints, Iris scan

Centre okays data collection norms for UID

The approval was given at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India related issues (CC-UIDAI), UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani told newsmen here. To provide unique identity numbers to all residents of India, the UIDAI proposes to collect data through various agencies of Central and state governments and others who, in normal course of their activities, interact with residents. These entities are described as “registrars” of the UIDAI.

Explaining the significance of the decision, Nilekani said a final approval will make it essential for any data collecting department or organisation in the country to adopt the UIDAI standards.

This includes collection of demographic (name, age, sex, age among others) and biometric attributes of residents namely face, all ten fingerprints and iris scan for the UID project.
“It was also decided to include data of the iris for children in the age group of five to 15 years. The same standards and processes would be adhered to by the Registrar General of India for the National Population Register (NPR) exercise and all other Registrars in the UID system,” Nilekani said.

He said the biggest partner for the UIDAI was the NPR followed by the Rural Development Ministry through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
The first set of the 12-digit unique set of numbers will be issued between August 2010 and February 2011.
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