At last, biometric data collection begins in UP

By end of month, districts to hold camps for NPR registration

After a gap of nearly one year, the exercise of collecting biometrics for the UID and National Population Register (NPR) began on Tuesday.

The biometric details, including photograph, fingerprints and iris scan of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his wife Dimple Yadav and their three children, were collected by Directorate of Census Operations.

The rest of the population will have to wait for another one month as the local administration in the districts are yet to make necessary preparations for organising camps for the collection of biometrics.

Director of Census Operations in UP, Neena Sharma, has called a meeting of districts magistrates on January 16 to brief them about the NPR exercise. The DMs will have to prepare micro plans for setting up camps.

Moreover, the exercise will initially remain confined to urban areas because the required demographic data of population of rural area, which was collected in the first phase of NPR done with Census 2011, are yet to be digitised.

The Centre had recently transferred the task of collecting biometrics of people in UP from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to Directorate of Census Operations (DCO).

"Camps for biometrics collection could start in urban areas by the end of this month," said Neena Sharma. She said the NPR has to be completed by the 2014.

Sharma said the biometric data will be collected by three central public sector units, namely Bharat Electronics, Electronic Corporation of India and Indian Telephone Industries. The state has been divided in three parts and allocated to these agencies for this exercise.

In the first phase, the UIDAI had enrolled around 1 crore UID numbers across 59 districts of UP. Those who have already got their Aadhaar numbers will have to visit the camps, and the agencies will only register their Aadhaar number. The biometrics details of others will be collected in the camp. Enumerators will distribute Know Your Residence (KYR) forms to each family to fill their certain details and submit in the camps.

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