Electronic government services kiosks called common service centres (CSCs) are being set up in some of India’s more rural areas to help the local citizens better access government services as well as collect biometric data for the country’s unique identity (UID) project and assist in collecting census information for the 2011 census, according to a Live Mint article.
The proposal to use the CSCs for the census and UID project came from the Registrar General of India.
As it stands, the 100,000 CSCs being installed in the country are expecting to collect facial, iris and fingerprint data from 640 million citizens mostly located in the country’s non-coastal states with the rest of the country’s citizens having their information recorded by government employees.
Previous to the proposal from the Registrar General, the CSCs were designed to offer assistance with services such as tax payments, property and vehicle registration and banking and telecom services.
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