MEXICO CITY, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican government will issue a new
biometric identity card which will carry fingerprints, a retina scan and a
photograph on a magnetic strip to fight corruption in social programs, Mexican
Interior Minister Fernando Gomez Mont said on Tuesday.
"With this there will be clearer account and it will be clear that programs
reach their intended recipients," Gomez told a press conference shortly after
President Felipe Calderon addressed the Senate about the card.
"This will avoid unnecessary intermediation and manipulation that can lead
to illicit deviation of federal resources", Gomez said.
The announcement came after Mexican lawmakers declared a shake-up of
Procampo, an agricultural support program which takes up a budget of 171 billion
pesos. The money has gone largely to the wealthiest, politicians and criminals,
not small agricultural producers who were its intended target.
The card will be used in state health service sector, welfare programs and
others like Opportunities which gives parents allowance for keeping their
children in school and receiving regular medical check-ups.
Gomez added that it could let no one use fake names and might help in the
fight against identity theft and other crimes.
Most transactions in Mexico permit the use of three other identity
documents: the driving license, the voter registration card and the Unique
Population Registry Number (CURP) document issued by the nation's tax office.
According to the minister, these were not accurate enough to identify a person.
The new ID card will not have a name and a photo visible on the outside,
making it impossible to be falsified. The project's fund will come from the
A cardholder's address will not be recorded, but blood type data may be
included for the sake of medical emergencies.
The first cards will be issued by the end of the year.