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Friday, January 15th, 2021

Ministry of Panchayati Raj Directives to States on Role of the Panchayats in UID Scheme

INVC,, Delhi,, The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has asked all the States/Union Territories to involve the Panchayats to actively involve in the scheme of uniquely identifying Indian residents to be initiated by the Uniue Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) very soon. In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretaries of All States/UTs the Ministry has highlighted that the Panchayats will have the following role in UID Scheme: (a) In the case of residents having no documents as proof, UIDAIs approach is to use a network of “approved” introducers, appointed by the Registrars, who can introduce a resident and vouch for the validity of resident’s information. Panchayat functionaries, elected as well as officials, being the closest to residents in their areas, should be subject to certain safeguards, recognized as authorized introducers for citizens into the UID system. (b) As per the report of Demographic Data Standards and Verification Procedure (DDSVP) Committee set up by UIDAI, the address details to be collected from the citizens will have the following fields: Building, Street, Village-Town-City, District, State, Pin Code etc. As per the Know Your Resident (KYR) plus concept of UIDAI, additional fields could be included by the Registrar. It is suggested that the name of the relevant Village Panchayat (VP) may be added as an additional data field. This will help in development of a database of citizens at VP level as well which would be desirable also because identification of beneficiaries under various schemes is generally done by VPs. (c) As it is expected that Panchayat would have significant role in the enrollment and updation process, it would be useful to have Secretary of the Panchayati Raj Department as a Member of the State implementation Committee. Likewise in the District level Committee, CEO of Zilla Parishad could be co-opted as a Member. Accordingly the States/UTs have been asked to initiate necessary steps and inform the ministry of the action taken.

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