The process of Biometrics of residents of Srinagar district based on National Population Registration (NPR) data linked with Aadhaar cards was kick started at Gandhi Bhawan University of Kashmir. The function was jointly inaugurated by Joint Director Census C.S Sapru and Joint Commissioner SMC Bashir Ahmed Khan. The objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity data base in the country with full identification and other details by registering each person in the country. Kashmir University, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Khursheed Andrabi, was the first person to be enrolled in the Srinagar district. The enrolment agency that has been mandated by Government to collect data of the residents is M/s Chinar Constructions.
Joint Director Census, CS Sapru, while highlighting the significance of Biometrics based Aadhaar cards said that NPR will help in better targeting of the benefits and services under various government schemes, programs and improve planning and security of the country. He said that biometrics enrolment has been completed in 21 districts of Jammu and Kashmir state with 80 per cent enrolments achieved.
Joint Commissioner SMC Bashir Ahmed, speaking on the occasion, said that these smart cards have a unique identity that it is based on biometric data and shall have to be applied in various fields be it admission in colleges, schools, registration of land, property shares, health and medical services, employment etc. SMC is fully equipped with census related information and shall provide full cooperation in accomplishing this task further said Bashir Ahmed.
The Biometric team that has been created for biometric collection based on NPR data in Srinagar city shall set up camps at Mohhala/ward level shortly. Besides this permanent centres have already been identified in four zones of Srinagar city.