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Census directorate clarifies
Published on 5 Mar. 2011 12:44 AM IST
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Directorate of census operations, Nagaland has clarified that current biometric exercise was being undertaken under the National Population Register (NPR) scheme and by the office of RG&CC, I, under ministry of home affairs, while the Unique Identification project was under the unique identification authority of India (UIDAI). In a clarification note, the directorate of census operations, Nagaland stated that Biometric exercise was a follow up of canvassing of National Population Register Schedules canvassed along with the house listing and housing census in phase I of census 2011 carried out in the state during June-July, 2011.
Clarifying that NPR was a database of every individual residing in the country, the directorate said specific information of every resident like names, gender, date of birth, place of birth etc. have already been collected in paper formats during the phase of the census operations. After this, all NPR schedules have been scanned and data entry from scanned images has begun, it stated.
Further the Directorate informed that the office of Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India (RG&CC, I) has awarded the work of data entry and capture of biometrics to m/s Electronics Corporations of India Limited (ECIL), a central public sector undertaking. The capture of biometrics in the state began March 4, 2011 with the recording of all the biometrics of the chief minister.
Further, it said that once the capture of biometrics was completed, the database would be sent to UIDAI for de-duplication to weed out duplicate entries in the database.
Thereafter, the directorate said the list of all usual residents would be displayed in local areas for inviting claims/objections from the general public. The claims/objections would be displayed off by a set of procedures and the list of usual residents (LRUR) would also be vetted by village councils/ ward committees etc, the census directorate said.
Once the NPR database was finalised, it was proposed to issue a Resident Identity Card to all usual residents, who were of age 18 years and above by RG&CC,I. The identity card is proposed to be a smart card containing demographic and biometric details of the residents, which may be used for multiple purposes by the residents, it stated.
The home minister P Chidambaram March 4 last year had also said that NPR was a register of usual residents and the nationality being canvassed in the form as per the declaration of the respondent and this will not confer any rights of citizenship on anybody.

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