New Delhi, Jan 5 (UNI) The BJP today virtually shot down as ''impractical'' Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna's proposal making it compulsory for all Delhites to carry their identity cards and urged the Centre to issue a handy multipurpose IT enabled national identity cards for all citizens in the country.
BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said it was good that the Lt Governor had realised the importance of identity cards in the wake of heightened security scenario in the country.
However, his proposal was impractical as over 50 per cent people did not have identity cards at all and he could not expect them to have them in a fortnight. Also, many states did not issue ration cards with photographs, he added.
''If the Centre issues IT enabled identity cards creating a national registry of citizens, than the all the people can carry these cards like their mobile telephones,'' he said.
However the Delhi Lt Governor had generated a healthy debate on an important aspect of national security, he said, adding that the Constitution allowed the citizens to move around the country without any hindrance and the only way this could be achieved was by providing them with multi-purpose handy identity cards.
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