The Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Monday has proposed the idea of one multi-purpose identity card for all the citizens of India. According to him, the card will have all the utilities like Aadhaar, passport, driving licence, and bank accounts. "We can have just one card for all utilities like Aadhaar, passport, bank account, driving licence, voter card. This is a potential," said the Union Home Minister. Speaking at an event in Delhi during the inauguration of Janganana (Census) Bhawan, Shah also revealed that the Census 2021 data will be collected through a mobile application. According to the Home Ministry, there should also be a system that when a person dies, the information is updated in the population data automatically.
While laying the foundation stone of the Janganana Bhawan, Home Minister Amit Shah pressed on the fact that every person in India should know the importance and dimensions of the Janganana (Census). The Census 2021 will be a digital census, stated Shah. This will be for the first time that the census data is collected through a digital platform. Pointing out the difference of census calculations of the census 2011, he said, "The Indian terrain is 2.4% of the total world area and if the population is taken into account, we are 17.5% of the entire world’s population." He further added that the difference is an eye-opener in itself.
According to the BJP President, the government will be spending Rs. 12,000 crore on the Census and the National Population Register (NPR). Earlier in March this year, the government had announced that the Census 2021 will be conducted on March 1 in two phases. For Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh, the reference date would be October 21. Further, according to reports, a pre-test of Census 2021 will begin on August 12.