NEW DELHI: The Centre has initiated a process to merge the National Population Register (NPR) and Aadhaar projects to avoid duplication.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held a high-level meeting attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and MoS Planning Rao Inderjeet Singh to review various aspects of the projects and discussed suggestions regarding marriage of the schemes.
“The government doesn’t want any duplication. The Ministry of Home Affairs has already made it clear that Aadhaar should be brought under the Registrar General of India. The ministry’s desire that only the NPR, which comes under it, should conduct enrolments and that Aadhaar should be tasked with generating the unique identity number and efforts to avoid duplication,” an official source said.
Ministry officials have been asked to prepare a roadmap for the merger. Another meeting will be held soon to decide the future of the Aadhaar project.
As reported earlier by Express, the ministry is preparing a Cabinet note to launch Multipurpose National Identity Cards on the basis of the national register of citizens. The entire project will be carried out under the ministry’s direct supervision.