Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed the idea of a single multipurpose ID card for every citizen. "We can have just one card for utilities like Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving license, voter card, bank accounts, etc," Shah said.
He further announced that Centre plans to spend ₹12,000 crores on the 2021 Census and preparation of the National Population Register. The home minister also announced that a mobile app would be used in the next Census in 2021.
“A mobile app will be used in Census 2021. It will be a transformation from paper census to digital census," Shah said championing the usage of digital technology for the upcoming Census. The previous Census exercise of 2011 was a paper-based one.
The home minister said there should also be a system that when a person dies, the information is updated in the population data automatically. The Centre has decided to prepare an NPR by September 2020 to lay the foundation for rolling out a citizens’ register across the country.
Once the NPR is completed, it is likely to lay the basis a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise to be rolled out, on lines of the one that was carried out in Assam.