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Rajnath gives new security gadget to Navy, CG

In the wake of Gujarat ‘terror boat’ incident, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday handed over the first set of smart identity-checking scanners to the Chiefs of Navy and the Coast Guard which will be used by these maritime security agencies to check identity cards of the residents living in coastal areas.

Also, the minister handed over separate Resident Identity Card (RIC) readers to Navy Chief Admiral R K Dhowan and Coast Guard Director General Vice-Admiral A G Thapliyal at his North block office, where Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was also present.

The idea behind RICs for people living in coastal areas was first suggested Registrar General and Census Commissioner, an office under the Union Home Ministry. it is aimed to strengthen The objective is to strengthen coastal security measures in nine states and 4 Union Territories which have a sea-line running along their borders.

It is estimated that nearly 65 lakh people living in the coastal areas have been issued such RICs till now by the government. The Union government is also preparing the National Population Registrar (NPR) in 3,331 coastal villages under the said scheme.

The card readers will be used by coastal security agencies to authenticate an individual’s demographic and biometric authentication without using Internet services and have been manufactured by Indian technology firms, Ms ITI Limited and Ms Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL).
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