The Union Home ministry’s much anticipated Resident Identity Card (RIC) has got the clearance from the cabinet committee after being questioned by Nandan Nilekan led UIDAI and Department of Electronics And Information Technology (DEIT) for verification and other issues. The Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) overruled their objection and cleared the way for the Union Home Ministry to launch the project for providing every adult resident of this country with a smart card embedded with a 64 kb micro chip consisting biometric details for security and authentication purposes. The committee also approved Rs. 5,500 crore for the RIC project.
The Resident Identity Card (RIC) is intended to serve as a security tool which can be used in various offline application services attributed to the poor and no internet connection in most part of the country. The RIC will provide a platform for multipurpose uses like delivery of targeted services such as welfare payment, Public Distribution System (PDS), MNREGA, health insurance scheme and various financial schemes. The Registrar General of India (RGI) will begin the tendering process very soon for the RIC project. The RIC will also consist of Aadhaar Number of the resident printed on it. March 2013 is the expected time from when the RIC will be issued to the people of the country. The National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, has designed the layout of the RIC. RIC has many physical security features like Guilloché patterns, hot stamped hologram and micro text etc.
Earlier in the month of December last year, the Union Home Ministry proposed issuing of Resident Identity Card (RIC) to every resident of India above the age of 18 years and also rolled RIC at Porthrapur village in South Andaman district of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. After that EFC set up a committee under BK Gairola, Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC), for analysing the prospects of RIC for various services. The Unique Identity authority of India (UIDAI) and Department of Electronics and Information and Technology (DEIT) objected about the efficacy of RIC for use in multiple offline applications, for verification motive and its expenditure factors.