26 October, 2020

Resolving Some Identity Crises

Resolving Some Identity Crises
The question of national identity in this country has always been an emotionally confounding contentious issue, and that of national identity cards more so. But that has hardly deterred the current dispensation from going ahead with it. The home ministry’s favourite project, for some time now, of issuing national I-cards to all citizens of the country received the prime minister’s seal of approval on August 15. And ministry officials say they will issue the first lot of cards to select blocks in 13 border states by this November.

Union home secretary Kamal Pande has even coined a name for the card: nishan (National Identity System Home Affairs Network). The word nishan means a sign or a mark. Ministry sources say the card will contain such details as name, place and date of birth, address, passport number, driver’s license number, pan and ration card number. Three years ago, the ministry had asked the Tata Consultancy Services (tcs) to undertake a feasibility study.

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