150 million Indians living in border areas set to get identity cards
NEWDELHI: As many as 150 million Indians living in 111 strategic and important border districts may finally get “identity cards” to prove their nationality and improve security along the country’s border. Currently, many of them face harassment on account of not having proof of identity.
The move is part of the planned restructuring of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), senior government officials said on condition of anonymity.
The Centre spends about ~9,000 crore every year on border districts. BADP aims to meet the “special development needs of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the international border,” said a home ministry official who did not want to be named.
Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal were the biggest beneficiaries of this programme, receiving about ~72 crore, ~81 crore and ~85 crore respectively in 2017-18.
The ministry of home affairs has written to Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGI) to examine the “feasibility of issuing identity cards to Indian Citizen’s living in the border districts,” a second government official said.