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PM keen to use biometric technology for cash transfers

Surabhi Agarwal & Vrishti Beniwal  |  New Delhi 

In a review meeting of the and the home ministry's (NPR) project on Saturday, Prime Minister said the government was keen on using the to "plug leakages" in welfare schemes. Bank accounts will be linked to both and NPR for The finance ministry has been directed to work out a mechanism for linking NPR to bank accounts. The Aadhaar, or the Unique Identity (UID) number, has been linked.

Ensuring authentication through NPR will help the government extend to areas where transactions through the number are not possible. But since NPR is supposed to be synchronised with the number at the back-end, it is not clear if the authentication through NPR will happen through a smart card. Biometric smart cards has been a pending demand of the It has maintained a card will work in even far-flung areas. But UID, which gives only a number, has opposed the project citing heavy cost and also it can misused if lost. In the meeting, it was decided 12 states with a population of 23 crore will be doing NPR and the rest

Inputs from Sanjeeb Mukherjee

First Published: Sat, September 06 2014. 22:49 IST