India National Population Register to collect biometrics and seeks Aadhaar database access

India National Population Register to collect biometrics and seeks Aadhaar database access

India is planning to collect biometric and family data from residents for the next stage of its National Population Register (NPR) in April 2020, after it the system’s rollout was delayed while Aadhaar enrollment took place.

The Hindu reports that a government notification says house-to-house information collection will be conducted from the beginning of April to the end of September, 2020. The NPR is intended to provide a comprehensive database of the identity of every “usual” or long-term resident in the country, with biometric and demographic information, and was previously collected in 2010 and 2015.

The NPR is separate from both the country’s census and its National Register of Citizens (NRC), and is mandatory for every usual resident of India, according to The Hindu.

The Economic Times reports that the Registrar General of India is planning to ask the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide it with individuals’ biometric data, rather than collecting them itself.

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