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Over 400,000 biometric collected so far

The Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT) has collected Biometric Data of 432,911 individuals against the initial target of 200,000 citizens. The collection will be carried out till end of December 2022.

DITT has also completed the development and testing of 3rd PoC (Proof of Concepts) of the National Digital Identity (NDI) solution system. The department is expecting to roll out the full NDI solution between April and May 2023.

Meanwhile, the collection in Thimphu, Sarpang and Dorokha Drungkhag of Samtse is ongoing. The collection started from 17 October 2022 in Thimphu.

“Collection in the rest of the dzongkhags has been done once, but as informed before, we will collect it from Thimphu later for those people who missed our schedule in their dzongkhags,” said the Head of Application Management Division under DITT, Sonam Penjor.

NDI will make use of the biometric data. The data will also be utilized to launch additional biometric-based verification and authentication services, such as the Border Management Solution.

The most significant benefit is that all of the person’s information like, health records, land records, tax records, revenue and bank records, company records, education records, census records, etc., will be stored based on the person’s Digital ID..

The individual can use his digital ID to view all of the information as well as to complete online processes to obtain services.

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