The state government has decided to use Global Positioning System (GPS) for tracking of Unique Identification (UID) machines that scan the iris and take fingerprints of people registering for their 12-digit identification number. Phase II of the UID registration drive will kick off this month in the city.
The need for GPS-based UID machines was felt for enhancing security of the machines. It was seen that the authorities did not have any means of knowing where the machines were being stored. It was left to IT companies that take up the job to safeguard the machines. The GPS-enabled tracking will help now all the authorities concerned to track each machine and it will cut down chances of any tampering with the machines or theft, explained an official.
Santosh Bhogale,Under Secretary (IT) and nodal officer for UID,said,Every centre in the state will have GPS enabled machines which will help both the Centre and the state to keep track of the machines and know their exact locations.
GPS-tracking will also avoid another problem that had cropped up during phase I of the drive. Officials said there had been incidents when residents would go to a registration centre,which would either be closed or would not have these machines.
In case a centre is closed or not functioning,the GPS tracker will help citizens identify centres that are open. All information regarding GPS-based machines will be put up on the website so that citizens can check and go to the nearest centre, said Bhogale.
Phase I of the national scheme saw very slow registration in the city and there were long queues,multiple questions and lack of initiative by enrolment agencies. All these factors led to less than half the target population being covered.
The UID process includes taking an IRIS scan and fingerprints of the person along with this birth details,age,etc to help in the process of a generating an unique identity for a citizen.
The UID phase II is expected to begin by next week and will do away with most of the questions,unlike phase I which had close to 25-30 questions.
In phase I of UID,the activity began on January 26 and wound up by March 2012.
The civic body had set up 142 UID centres across the city,all on municipal school premises. Each centre had about five machines,where a maximum of 250 registrations could be done per day. The next phase will require at the most five questions to be answered by citizens.
The UID number will facilitate opening bank accounts,booking tickets on the internet,buying ration and helping citizens when they deal with government institutions.