The government has no plan to use Aadhaar data for the census, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Minister said in a written reply that “The office of the registrar general and Census Commissioner of India has informed that there is no plan to use Aadhaar data for the census.”
Till the end of February, more than 136 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued, as per the Unique Identification Authority of India.
“… after adjusting for the estimated number of deaths, the estimated number of living Aadhaar number holders is 130.2 crore, which is over 94 per cent of the total projected population for 2022,” Chandrasekhar said in reply to questions by Congress member Adoor Prakash.
The minister further stated that there is no mechanism in place to obtain the Aadhaar numbers of deceased individuals from the registrars chosen by state governments to handle birth and death registrations in accordance with the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969, and deactivate those Aadhaar numbers.
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