July 25, 2013 -
The Meghalaya government has suspended biometric enrolment following the disruptions of National Population Register camps throughout the Northern Indian state capital.
As we reported in BiometricUpdate.com, The Khasi Students’ Union previously asked the government to suspend biometric enrolment and to stop the implementation of Aadhaar in Meghalaya, as the student group argued the state needs more adequate mechanisms in place to control influx.
Evidently, the student group has now taken action.
“We have decided to keep the NPR biometric enrolment on hold after the Khasi Students’ Union activists disrupted the NPR enrolment camps in the state capital,” the principal secretary in-charge of census operations and NPR, Peter Ingty said in a HeadlinesIndia report.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the fourth phase of the Aadhaar program has just been approved by the Cabinet Committee on the Unique Identification Authority of India. The fourth phase aims to enroll another 400 million people.
Speaking to a Washington audience in April, Chairman of the UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani said that nearly half of India’s population would have the Aadhaar card by 2014 and nearly one-third would have an Aadhaar card by the end of the year.