Shah bats for single ID, digital Census

Indiatimesworld News Service

New Delhi, September 23

Calling for creating 2021 Census data in digital form, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today pitched for having a multipurpose identity card for citizens, which could be used for getting passport, driving licence, opening bank account and filing income tax return.

Speaking at a function here to lay the foundation stone for a new building of the Registrar General of India, he said a mobile app would be used for the first time in the 2021 Census. It would be a big revolution in the country’s Census exercise, he claimed.

“Why can’t we have just one card for all utilities like Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving licence, voter card and other services? There should be a system to put all data in a single card. That’s why digital Census is very important,” he said, while noting that this was just an idea and no decision has yet been arrived at.

For the 2021 Census, the reference date is October 1, 2020, for Jammu and Kashmir and snow-bound areas of Himachal and Uttarakhand, while for the rest of the country, it is March 1, 2021. He said the Census would be carried out in 16 languages at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore.

He said the Census 2021 data would be the basis for the country’s future planning, development initiatives and welfare schemes.