Jakarta ID card program launch countdown

The long awaited project switched to fast lane this week. Desktop computers, finger print scanners and cameras are being to delivered to the city’s 267 offices while network connectivity setup is getting to the final testing stage. Process of issuing the documents is set to start in August. Every citizen over 17 will get a unique identification number that will reamain the same for life. Electronic ID cards are distributed free of charge. The cost of the project is estimate for $425 million.
Highly secure document will improve security, social services distribution, health care system, election system and counter terrorist activities.
Controversy remain in the subject of issuing ID cards to illegal residents of Jakarta, the decision has been changed multiple times. According to the latest news occupants of the areas illegal for settlements will be denied eID cards which should prevent building illegal housing in the city. It’s estimated that as many as 200,000 live in Jakarta, mostly in the northern part of the city. Entire population is expected to be covered with the new document by the end of 2012.

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