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India is to start deploying biometric-based access control measures for passport, ID and other forms of ID.
A Cabinet paper, which is expected to be finalised on Wednesday, states that “the biometric security will be a part of the passport, identity card and ID system” and will be integrated into the passport and ID card.
According to the paper, biometric authentication will be implemented in “passport offices, ID cards, bank accounts, bank branches, government offices, colleges, public offices, workplaces, and in other public and private buildings”.
The new system will “implement a biometric ID, based on the fingerprint”, and will have a digital signature, which will be used to verify the bearer’s identity and identity of the person to whom the biometric identifier is being issued.
According the paper:India has a population of around 1.3 billion people, and about 75% of them are citizens of other countries.
The government has set aside about $150 billion for the implementation of this programme.
This project will see the identification of at least 6.5 million people who have applied for citizenship of India and their Aadhaar cards.
The government is also aiming to digitise the Aadhaar number of people who are citizens and to make it easier to get a new Aadhaar number, and to enable citizens to obtain bank accounts without providing their PAN number.
The paper also says that a biometrics-based ID card, which would be issued to people aged between 15 and 25 years, would be available to everyone, including children.
The biometric card will be issued by a local vendor that will provide the card to the applicant in a tamper-evident way, the paper said.
This will allow the government to verify identities of citizens in a manner similar to how the government uses Aadhaar to verify identity of its citizens.
The paper also said that the new system would enable citizens and citizens’ relatives to register with the Aadhaar numbers.