End Times News Update
Sign: Mark of the Beast (biometrics news)
Scripture: Rev 13:16-18
News Source: BBC News
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India launches ‘biometric’ census

Page last updated at 04:26 GMT, Thursday, 1 April 2010 05:26 UK

India is launching a census in which every person over the age of 15
will be photographed and fingerprinted to create a biometric national
database.

The government will then use the information to issue identity cards.

Officials will spend a year classifying India’s population of around
1.2 billion people according to gender, religion, occupation and
education.

This is India’s 15th census, an exercise that has been carried out in
the country every 10 years since 1872.

Over the next year, some 2.5 million census officials will visit
households in more than 7,000 towns and 600,000 villages.

They will first begin the process of houselisting – which records
information on homes. This count will, for the first time, also
attempt to gather information on the use of the internet and the
availability of drinking water and toilets in households.

The physical count of residents will take place from 9-28 February 2011.

The processes will stretch over 11 months, consume more than 11
million tonnes of paper, and cost 60bn rupees ($1.3bn; £880m).

India’s Home Minister, P Chidambaram, described the process as “the
biggest exercise… since humankind came into existence”, according to
the AFP news agency.

The national census is the only source of primary and credible data in
India and is used not just to formulate government policies but also
by private companies to identify markets for their products, says the
BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi.

The first 16-digit identity numbers are due to be issued starting in November.

The full census results will be released in mid-2011.

Source: BBC News
URL:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8598159.stm

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