7th May, 2002
Ministry of Home Affairs  


A proposal to issue Multipurpose National Identity Cards (MNICs) to Indian citizens, including the people residing in the border areas of the country is receiving Government’s attention. These cards, apart from providing a credible identification system, may have multifarious uses.

The issue of MNICs would involve creation of an identification system for more than one billion citizens, streamlining the existing machinery for the registration of birth and deaths at the grass root level and choices of institutional as well as technological options for the creation of an integrated data base of personal identities capable of being continuously updated. The Government would finalize its decision only after an in-depth examination of all relevant issues and after making necessary preparations, including the legal backing to the scheme.

Issuing National Identity Cards under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 is one of the options available.

The issue of National Identity Cards was discussed and endorsed in the conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security held on 17th November 2001.

The information was given in the Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Home Shri Ch. Vidyasagar Rao in a written reply today.