Announcing that the 2021 census exercise will be carried out digitally, Home Minister Amit Shah suggested one card for all utilities in the future.
Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of a new building of Registrar General of India (RGI) that conducts the census exercise, Mr Shah said the digital census has the potential to bring all kinds of cards such as Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving license under one platform. "Why is it so difficult to link and update birth and death registration with census data?" he wondered.
The decennial Census exercise will be undertaken in 2021 and for the first time, will move from paper to digital format. Mr Shah also said ₹12,000 crores would be spent on preparation of National Population Register (NPR) and census.
Mr Shah said that the NPR will be updated on a priority basis as it helps in tracking criminal activities and better planning and execution of government schemes. The NPR links biometric and demographic details of any ordinary resident of the country, thus making it a comprehensive database of residents.
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