AHMEDABAD: The city of Ahmedabad is set to give one billion Indians their identity. The project to assign a unique identification number to each Indian citizen got a start with the Government of India notifying the setting up of a National Authority for Unique Identity (UID) under Planning Commission.
And, Ahmedabad remains at the heart of the project. IIM-Ahmedabad professor Rajanish Dass has played a key role in laying the road map for the permanent I-card, which would have a unique number. Again, the card may well be designed by National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.
The initiative is based on Dass’s paper — ‘Creation of Single National ID: Challenges and Opportunities in India’ — which deals with issues like technology platform, smart card technology, legal and administrative framework and business model among others. Dass co-authored the paper along with RK Bajaj.
On the other hand, NID is already developing the census data collection form, a crucial aspect of the multi-purpose national identity card, a project run by Union home ministry parallel to UID.
It took the three-member NID team of Pradyumna Vyas, Rupesh Vyas and Pradeep Nahar two years and fifty designs before they could finalise the winning combination, which aptly defined the purpose of the card.
“We had to be extra cautious since the visual elements had to integrate well with the security concerns and also appeal to the user — the Indian citizen,” said an NID official.
The I-card, with a number, photograph and biometric data for every Indian, from birth till death, is aimed at cutting down identity-related frauds and security issues.
The existing identification proof system in India like PAN card, passport, voter I-card, ration card and driving licence serve different and limited purposes, forcing an average Indian to carry at least four to five different identity proofs. Besides, with different identity proofs for different purposes, there is no centralised information data system, thus causing redundancy and wastage of resources.