Aadhaar Seeding to Nat’l Population Register Begins

PUDUCHERRY:The updation of National Population Register (NPR) by seeding Aadhaar number in the NPR database through house to house enumeration and collection of information from citizens of Puducherry began on Friday and is set to continue till August 30. The updation will be done on the basis of the NPR survey done in 2011 and the electronic database is created in English and regional languages. The UT of Puducherry, which has a population of 12,44,464 has so far achieved 95.8 per cent Aadhaar enrolment, with 99.46 per cent enrolment in Puducherry region, 88.02 per cent enrolment in Karaikal region, 77.09 per cent enrolment in Yanam region and 84.37 per cent enrolment in Mahe region.

It updation was taken up in other Union Territories and the States of Goa and Jharkhand as well.

Stating this at a press conference on Friday, Dr V Candavelou, Secretary (Revenue) cum State Coordinator (NPR) said that this has been taken up as part of the Union government’s decision to create an NPR, which is the first step towards creation of a National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC).  The NPR is envisaged to be a comprehensive electronic database of all residents in the country containing demographic data and the biometrics namely photograph, thumb impression and IRIS prints. It is compulsory for every Indian citizen as non-inclusion is likely to have major implications. Besides, it is likely to be the basis for getting a National Identity Number.

The updation will be done by a field exercise of house-to-house enumeration by the designated government officials by verifying the details collected in 2011 and updating it. Besides the Aadhaar number, ration card number will be collected  and seeded, said Candavelou. Besides the exercise would involve inclusion of new residents, house holds found in the local areas during field work. Those who do not have Aadhaar will have to register for Aadhaar and  provide the same at the  permanent NPR centres in every Taluk.