SHILLONG, July 03: The KSU has demanded that the Meghalaya government must put on hold the implementation of the “Aadhaar” - a Unique Identification Number (UIN) scheme in the state and first take the opinions of the stakeholders and also put in place a mechanism for controlling influx into the state.
Led by its president Daniel Khyirem a delegation of the KSU met Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri on Wednesday and put the demand forward. According to the KSU leader the Home Minister has agreed to withhold the implementation of the UIN after inquiring about it from concerned authority as she is not aware of it.
Khyriem told reporters after meeting with Warjri, “We demanded the state government to hold back the implementation of the Aadhaar in the state without having proper mechanism in place considering the influx problem that is countering the state at present.”
Khyriem also suggested that the government must invite views and opinions of people and stakeholders before going ahead with the implementation of UIN. He said, “Taking the views of the public into consideration is required.”
The enrollment of UIN rolled in the municipal area with the enrollment of Meghalaya Governor, RS Mooshahary in June. The biometric enrolment is part of the second phase of data collection for the National Population Register (NPR).
Khyriem said before going ahead with the UIN there must be a system in place to authenticate documents provided by the people especially from the non-indigenous residents while enrolling in this national exercise.
The NPR, a comprehensive identity database, has been created to ensure the security of the country. It is the first of its kind in the world and has been undertaken under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship Rules, 2003.