The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) ambitious flagship project of GOI was established in February 2009 as a part of planning commission and is headed by Mr. NandanNilekani.
NPR involves creation of digital database having identity details of all individuals along with their photographs, finger biometrics and iris capture. Existence of such a database will enhance the efficacy of providing services to residents under government schemes, apart from improving the overall security situation and keeping a check on identity frauds in the country. The project will cover an estimated population of 1.2 billion and the total cost of the scheme is 3,539.24 crore.
The task of preparing National Population Register is planned in two phases. In first phase of the project coastal rural area was covered and in second phase rest of India will be covered. Inthe first stage, Collection of particulars of each resident will be digitized in two languages - English and the official language of every state/UT which is undertaken through house-to-house enumeration. The enumerators canvassing house listing schedule of census 2011 will canvass the NPR schedule also.
This is then followed by clicking photographs and biometric fingerprints of all those who are above the age of 15. After various scrutinizes, the NPR database will be sent to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for biometric de-duplication and assigning of a unique identification number.
Swathy, has been at the forefront of this initiative and has already completed data digitization of over 13.4 crore residents along with ongoing biometric enrollment of over 8crore residents in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Lakshadweep & Pondicherry. And stand 1st company by providing large number of enrollments in all over india.