New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Planning Commission, Deputy Chairman, Montek Singh Ahluwalia has said that there is a need to address and resolve certain technicalities in the Universal Identification Card (UID) programme.
He said this on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi on Saturday.
Singh made this remark in the context of several technical queries raised by some central lawmakers on the Planning Commission going ahead with instituting Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) to execute the UID programme. Their contention was there exists another similar organ, National Population Register (NPR) that functions under the Home Ministry.
Earlier in the day, the Planning Commission had rejected the Home Ministry's suggestion to make the UID card that could be swiped.
"I know that we are responsible for pushing forward the UIDAI proposal. We are not actually opposing what the NPR is doing. But I believe there are some technical questions as to what kind of biometrics are necessary and they must have given their comments. But this will go to the EFC (Expenditure Finance Committee) and the EFC will take a combined view. It is the job of the Planning Commission to criticise every proposal in a constructive kind of way," said Ahluwalia.
He also stated that the modus operandi of UIADAI is more effective since it is based on data compiled on a wide range of parameters as compared to the NPR.
"We had suggested that what the UIDAI is doing is actually better because all the detail is centrally stored. And you identify, you give the person concerned an ID number. And basically through any kind of secure mobile network you can authenticate the person's ID. There is no swiping of a card. But which is better, that is up to them to decide," added Ahluwalia.
Singh further added that the Planning Commission can only advise regarding the matters of the UID card and the main decision rests with the government regarding its overall implementation.
The UID card is an identification card mooted by the federal government to establish a centralised identity system for all bona-fide Indian citizens.
The UID scheme action plan, conceptualised by Nandan Nilekani, has run into a controversy with lawmakers questioning its utility. (ANI)