The government appears to be inching closer to merge two identical schemes — the National Population Register (NPR) and UIDAI’s Aadhaar — launched during the previous UPA regime as Home Minister Rajnath Singh convened the first high-level meeting to chalk out plans to “integrate” the two projects on Thursday.
The government is considering the possibility of bringing synergy between NPR and Aadhar projects and how the two could be made “complementary” so as to end any duplication among them. The issue was discussed threadbare at the high-level meeting which was also attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh.
The ministers took stock of the various aspects of NPR and Aadhaar, how to avoid duplication between the two and discussed the suggestion of merging NPR and Aadhaar schemes, a Home Ministry official said.
As reported by The Indian Express, the Home Minister has already set a three-year deadline to identify genuine Indian citizens through the NPR project. The government also wants enumerators to conduct door-to-door verification across the country and issue NPR cards only to Indian nationals.
The MHA has already suggested that the NPR and Aadhaar schemes should be merged under the Registrar General of India or division of work between the two should be in such a way that enrolment is done entirely by NPR while UIDAI, which runs Aadhaar, carried out de-duplication ahead of generating the unique number. The issue will be taken up by the secretaries of the ministries concerned in the coming days to take it forward.