January 27, 2009 12:07:00 pm
Observing that illegal immigration into the country was posing a serious threat to national security,a high-powered government committee has strongly recommended a unique identity card for citizens.
“….one way of dealing with this issue (of illegal immigration) is by means of a citizen’s identity number or card,” the second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) report on promoting e-governance has said.
The recommendation assumes significance amidst reports of a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants and terrorists sneaking into the country from across the borders.
The just released 186-page report pointed out that the Centre has already implemented a pilot project for a ‘Multi-purpose National Identity Card (MNIC)’ in select areas of 13 districts in 12 states and one Union Territory.
One aim of the project is “to act as a deterrent for future illegal immigration”,it said.
Some of the districts covered under the project are Karimganj (Assam),Kathua (Jammu and Kashmir),Kachchh (Gujarat),Jaisalmer (Rajasthan),Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand),West Tripura (Tripura),Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Ramanathapuram (Tamil Nadu).
“Thus this project has focused on select border areas of the country with illegal immigration in mind,” it said.
The report said the need for such a card has been considered necessary “not only for security reasons,but also for delivery of services to citizens and taking the development programmes to the target population”.
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