Dehradun, September 4
The second phase of the National Population Register (NPR) project will begin in Uttarakhand soon under which everybody will be issued a smart card.
This card will be the proof of that a person’s residence. The Uttarakhand Government has released a Government Order in this regard. Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain reviewed the progress of the project at the Secretariat today.
Jain asked the officers to link the smart card with the Public Distribution System and other government projects. He said the database being prepared under the NPR could be utilised in other government projects also.
He said the database would be the first of its kind which would cover all citizens of the state and it being bio-metrics, its authenticity would also be more. The database would include not only the photograph of the person, but also the impression of fingerprints and pupil. He said the directives had been issued to complete the NPR project in one year.
At the meeting, it was revealed that 19,98,000 houses were covered in the first phase of the NPR. In the second phase, enumerators would visit every house. In all, 150 houses had been placed in one block and a camp would be organised to take bio-metrics data.
In Uttarakhand, the phase will begin from the Dehradun Nagar Nigam area for which the Central Public Sector Undertaking is selecting the firms to carry out the work. The Registrar General of India will visit Uttarakhand to take stock of the NPR process between September 11 and 14.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Census DS Gabrayal, Director Census Snehlata Agrawal, Staff Officer to the Chief Secretary MC Joshi and other senior officers.

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