Amit Shah proposes idea of multi-purpose identity card; Mulls data collection through Mobile Apps for “Census 2021”

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While laying the foundation stone for the new building of the Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah suggested the idea of multi-purpose identity card on Monday.

He also mooted the idea of Digital Census. He said that the data for Census 2021 will be collected through mobile apps.

Amit Shah said “Why can’t we have just one card for all utilities like Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving license, voter card? There should be a system that all data should be put together in a single card. This is potential. That is why the digital census is very important.” He emphasized on the importance of Census collection. He said that the census could be the key to future planning and developmental schemes.

Home Minister also said that the data for the National Population Register will also be collected along with the census process. NPR is the list of usual residents of the country. Officials also hinted out at the fact that the NPR can be chalked on the basis of a pan-India version of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Speaking at the event, the leader also urged the census officials to carry out the census exercise sincerely. He said that the data of the Census will be greatly helpful in contributing to the nation’s development.

Previously on a related note, Madhya Pradesh government has also planned to come up with a new kind of identity card. The idea is to eliminate the need for carrying multiple documents.  Minister of Public Relations for Madhya Pradesh state, P C Sharma had said that the move is aimed towards making the idea of “one state one identity” a reality.

Census 2011-

  • It was the 15th Indian Census that saw its conclusion in two phases.
  • The motto of the census was ‘Our Census, Our future‘.
  •  Data for Census was collected in 16 languages.
  • The entire exercise of 2011 Census was carried under the leadership of C M Chandramauli who was the then Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.

To know more about Census 2011, click here.


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