Port Blair: Union Home Minister P
Chidambaram on Saturday handed over to villagers of Prothrapur in
Andaman and Nicobar Islands the first lot of resident identity
cards having their details in microchips, an initiative aimed
at boosting maritime security.
The first card was given to a woman named Bhoolaxmi.
These smart cards are part of the Centre`s ambitious
National Population Register (NPR) scheme with approved cost
of Rs 216.31 crore under which specific details of residents
of coastal areas in nine maritime states and Union Territories
who have attained the age of 18 years will be collected and
issued a smart card.
Speaking on the occasion, Chidambaram said about 2.56
lakh cards, each with a 64 KB microprocessor chip, will be
distributed in Andaman.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, besides the villages,
all the towns will also be covered in the first phase itself.
The scheme will also cover Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa,
Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, West
Bengal, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Daman and Diu).
The demographic data collection of 1.2 crore people and
the biometrics of 75 lakh people in 3,331 coastal villages
under the coastal NPR project have been completed and 5 lakh
smart cards have been produced till date.
The cards have been designed by National Institute of
Design, Ahmedabad with several physical security features like
Guilloche patterns, hot stamped hologram and micro text.
The electronic security feature of the micro processor
chip fitted in the card have been recommended by a Technical
Committee, headed by the Director General, National
Informatics Centre and several experts from academic
institutions and industry.
The National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, has
finalized the visual layout of RIC, which incorporates several
physical security features like Guilloche patterns, hot
stamped hologram and micro text etc.
The security features in the micro processer chip have
been finalized based on the recommendations of a technical
committee, headed by the Director General, National
Informatics Centre (NIC) and consisting of several renowned
experts from academic institutions and industry.
The demographic data collection of 1.2 crore and the
biometrics of 75 lakh persons in the 3331 coastal villages
under the coastal NPR project have been completed. Till date,
5 lakh Identity (smart) cards have been produced.