After the very successful National Identification scheme in India, biometric technology is yet again at the very forefront of integrating disenfranchised people into the national mainstream. This time it is in the rainbow country, South Africa. The pilot scheme will start this year and the card will be rolled out to the citizens from the next year. According to the home ministry officials, the scheme should be seen as an effort to restore people’s identity and citizenship denied by years of racist rule in South Africa.
The Smart ID card will contain biometric data and other demographic data like age and sex. The data will be collected with biometric scanner during the enumeration process and stored in the government database. This information will be used to roll out socials security schemes. South Africa is still struggling to integrate disenfranchised citizens into the mainstream politics and the Smart ID card seems to be a positive step in this direction. The earlier paper based Green Book ID card has been described as inadequate by politicians and social activist to solve many of South Africa’s inequities. Also, there is a rampant forging industry to content with that thrives on forging the ID card and siphoning social security claims.
The first phase of the national integration scheme will target people who have duplicate identification card. Once they have been successfully integrated into the national biometric identification scheme, efforts will be made to bring 83,000 citizens with multiple identities within the ambit of the scheme. The pilot scheme will help the government understand the technical requirements based on which procurement of finger scanner and fingerprint software will be made.
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