LUCKNOW: The Center has approved the UP government’s plan to issue identity cards to every family in the state using Adhar data and ration cards for authentication of details.
The state will likely launch within a fortnight a portal where citizens can apply for their IDs, which will help execute the government’s “one job for every family” proposal and other welfare programs like retirement and housing.
Secretary of the town planning department Alok Kumar explained that there are 15 Aadhaar validated ration card holders in the state who can immediately receive family ID cards. He said about 60% of the state’s population is covered by the ration card system.
“Each family will receive an ID as part of this program. However, from now on it is voluntary and only those seeking benefits under a government scheme will need to register.
In the initial concept, we will use Aadhaar and ration card details to collect information on families,” Kumar said. The ministry of electronics and Information Technology (MEIT), which approved the proposal, made clear in its letter that no one will be denied any service or benefit due to failed Aadhaar-based authentication.
Allow use of Aadhaar for issuance of family ID cards under the state Parivar Kalyan Yojana, the ministry said that e-KYC data should only be used for purposes and in ways that comply with the provisions of the Aadhaar Act. Before using Aadhaar data to seed information, the planning department will need to obtain consent from citizens.
It will be necessary to inform residents of why their Aadhaar information is being sought, as well as information on how the information will be stored and used. MEIT clarified that Aadhaar numbers will not be displayed anywhere in the system and wherever needed only the last four digits can be given.
Full resident details or e-KYC information should not be displayed on screen and only necessary demographic information should be displayed.