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For the first time National identity cards handed over to citizens

The first set of multi-purpose national identity cards was handed over to the citizens of Pooth Khurd here at Narela today, as part of a pilot project to understand and develop the processes for collection and management database of citizens.

New Delhi, May 26 : The first set of multi-purpose national identity cards was handed over to the citizens of Pooth Khurd here at Narela today, as part of a pilot project to understand and develop the processes for collection and management database of citizens.

The project will also analyse the smart card technology that has been under implementation in States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and in the union territory of Pondicherry.

The Pilot Project on Multi-purpose National Identity Cards (MNIC) has followed the census approach for collection of particulars of each individual in the pilot areas. Along with the particulars of individuals, photographs and finger biometrics have also been collected of all those, who are 18 years of age and above.

The I-card being given to each individual citizen, has a micro processor chip with a memory of 16 KB that has been secured by using 'asymmetric key cryptography' and 'symmetric key cryptography', making the card secure against the risk of tempering and cloning.

For management of citizens' database, 20 centres have been set up one at each Block headquarters equipped with computer terminals and on-line connectivity. The back-end management of these centres has been outsourced to Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

The personalisation of cards has been entrusted to the Consortium of Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs), comprising Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Electronics Corporations of India Limited (ECIL) and Indian Telephone Industries (ITI).

The design of the card has been prepared with the help of National Institute of Design and carries a unique National Identity Number (NIN) for each of the citizens.

ANI

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