Biometric registration of aro-und 10 crore citizens in Bihar for issuing Aadhaar numbers would start from February 15, a delay of around two-and-a-half-months from the ministry of home affair’s target to start the process.
State chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha made the commitment to the directorate of census operations, Bihar, at a meeting held on Tuesday. “The state government has agreed to start the biometric registration of residents as part of the National Population Register (NPR) scheme from February 15. This was decided at the meeting chaired by the chief secretary yesterday (Tuesday),” principal secretary (revenue and land reforms department) C. Ashok Vardhan, told The Telegraph on Wednesday.
The biometric enrolment would allow the residents to get the Aadhaar number, a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Developmenmt Authority of India on behalf of the Centre, which can be utilised for over 600 services. The NPR project comprises three steps — collection of demographic data, collection of biometric data and issuing of Aadhaar numbers.
The first stage of collection of biometric data started in the state with the process of house-listing and enrolment for NPR was carried out between May 15 and June 28, 2010. Those enrolled were issued acknowledgement slips for NPR, which is to be shown by the residents for biometric registration. Complete enumeration, comprising details of the family members of the enrolled residents, was carried out between February 9 and February 28 last year.