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Biometric registration for unique number takes off

- Details of governor and CM recorded, rest will have to wait because PMC officials are busy with survey

The biometric registration for issuing Aadhaar number to around 10 crore residents of the state was launched on Wednesday with the recording of the data of Governor Devanand Konwar.

In the evening, senior officers of the state census directorate and the ministry of home recorded the biometric details of chief minister Nitish Kumar. But the rest of the city residents, in all likelihood, would have to wait till the next month for the biometric registration because Patna Municipal Corporation officials would be busy with a socio-economic survey till March 31.

Officially, the process started on Wednesday with the governor. Before getting his biometric details, comprising photograph, fingerprints and iris scan, recorded at Raj Bhavan in the afternoon, Konwar raised several basic queries. Most of them were on the details sought in the Know Your Resident (KYR+) form that has to be filled up in this process.

“There are so many fields, including MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) number, bank account number, PAN card number, voters’ ID card number and others. Why do you need so many details?” asked Konwar.

Registrar-general and census commissioner of India C. Chandramouli, who was present at the launch, said: “These are different options for personal identification of the person. The fields filled by a person in this form would be linked to his/her Aadhaar number, allowing the resident to avail an array of services and social benefits in the future.”

Konwar further asked: “Do these fields seek state or all-India level information?” Chandramouli replied: “The form consists of 10 fields, out of which seven have been given by Government of India and the rest are state specific. They have been assigned by the respective state governments.”

Soon after, Chandramouli gave a brief outline on the National Population Register (NPR) scheme to the governor.

The biometric registration of you and I would start late in the city, though. Sheshank Shekhar Sinha, the addition municipal commissioner (in-charge), told The Telegraph: “At present, majority of our resources are occupied in the socio- economic survey. It would be over by March 31.”