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What if Aadhaar, passport, voter ID, etc could all be one card? Amit Shah floats idea

Home Minister Amit Shah said there was potential in the idea that various identity cards such as one's passport and driving licencw could be clubbed in a single multi-purpose card.

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday mooted the idea of a multipurpose identity card for citizens with all utilities like Aadhaar, passport, driving licence and bank accounts.

The home minister also said that a mobile app will be used for the first time in the 2021 census and the country would be moving from the pen and paper census to digital data, which will be a big revolution in the country’s census exercise.

“Why can’t we have just one card for all utilities like Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving licence, voter card. There should be a system that all data should be put together in a single card. This is a potential. That is why digital census is very important,” he said after laying the foundation stone of a new building of the Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner here.

For the 2021 census, the reference date is October 1, 2020, for Jammu and Kashmir and snow-bound areas of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand while for the rest of country, it is March 1, 2021.

Census will be carried out in 16 languages and at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

Shah said the Census 2021 data will be the base for the country’s future planning, development initiatives and welfare schemes and people’s wholehearted participation is key to the success of the exercise.

“India’s total 130 crore population should be informed about its benefits. How the census data could be used for future planning, development initiatives and welfare schemes. The utilisation of census data is multi-dimensional and will be a significant contribution in nation’s progress,” he said.

The home minister also said the census will help in demarcating boundaries of municipal wards, assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies.

He appealed to census officials to carry out the exercises sincerely as this is an opportunity for them to do ‘Punya’ (holy deed), which will help in nation building.

Shah said earlier the government used to do welfare schemes on a piecemeal basis and no comprehensive planning was done by previous governments.

“The whole approach was changed when Narendra Modi became the prime minister in 2014. The approach has been changed completely, the thinking has been changed. Goals have been set to completely eradicate the problems,” he said.

The home minister said on the basis of the 2011 Census, the Modi government had planned 22 welfare schemes related to electricity connection to every homes, gas connection, construction of roads, houses for the poor, toilets, bank accounts, opening of bank branch etc.

He cited the example of the government’s flagship ‘Ujjwala’ scheme of providing free LPG connections to poor families, saying it has been successful as the scheme was prepared on the basis of the 2011 census data.

“By 2022, there will not be a family which will not have a gas connection,” he said.

Shah also said the 2011 census reflected the poor sex ratio of male and female in some states. That’s why the programme of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ was launched.

“Under this scheme, the Haryana government has done so much work in the last five years that the state’s sex ratio is now among the best in the country,” he said.

The home minister said India’s population is 17.5 per cent of the world’s total population while the geographical area is just 2.4 per cent of the total geographical area of the world.

“So, naturallly, India has limited natural resources in comparison to the population. Therefore, to fill up this gap of inequality, we will have to work hard,” he said.

Shah also said the data for the National Population Register (NPR), a list of usual residents of the country, will also be collected along with the census exercise.

Officials said the NPR could be the basis for a pan-India version of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Also read: Amit Shah blames Nehru for ‘non-integration’ of Kashmir with India


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  1. Silence is golden and it hides illiteracy, even with a motor mouth. GOI forcibly made non Indian passport holders to seek Aadhaar. Now the Samrat will get them Aadhaar from their passport based ountries??

  2. The Idea is good, but it should be done in a democratic way. Any secret thought of taking some community as task, it will be dangerous one. If it is in the nation and treated as all are Indians then this will be most welcomed step. But under shah we will never expect a geniun. Hope Sha and modi ji will show one Nation with different cultures, castes, communities. Hope best from the plans of Modi Sha the narraters of Kashmiri Emergency.

  3. Digitisation is allows to raise once grievance intantly online.but it is rendered useless if there is no prompt reply or action taken. Case in point is is epfo fathers name change procedure. More than a month and no response.

  4. Some fallacies here that are unfortunately being propagated by the HM.
    – Aadhar can be held even by non citizens who reside in India.
    – Passport can be held only by Indian citizens
    – Bank account number , IFSC codes etc are all irrelevant to the above two

    Perhaps aadhar and PAN can be integrated to some extent , but a Passport is a document that has to be accepted internationally , so has to be distinct.

  5. With a Single Card Data theft ,will be EASIER and hence loss of wealth and Privacy. First India has to address the 24x7x365, risk in Digitization as Foreign Hackers ,especially from the developed nations,can easily penetrate Indian IT System/Infra.Google”s Quantum Supremacy is reported to make stealing Crypto Currencies” and Military ,Secrets EASIER.

  6. What if that one card is lost? We already know how much time does it take to get an Aadhaar card updated. It’s not feasible because of our govt. machinery which is late Lateef.

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