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The curious footnote

Published : Aug 12, 2005 00:00 IST

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THE microprocessor chip of the Smart Card ... shall necessarily conform to the specifications given for Smart Card based Driving Licence and Vehicle Registration documents for Transport and Non-Transport vehicles and shall contain the information prescribed by these rules. The microprocessor chip shall not carry any other information not prescribed for the purpose. In addition to the microprocessor chip, any extra information as may be required by any State Government or Union Territory Administration may be stored on the card in the form of any additional information storage media or any other technological media outside the above referred microprocessor chip embedded in the Smart Card, which shall not conflict in any way with the minimum specifications prescribed by the Central Government under these rules or operation of the same. Further, the operating environment in the form of Operating System, Protocol or any other details given above relating to the microprocessor chip ... shall be complied with, without any variation whatsoever (emphasis added).

(This story was published in the print edition of Frontline magazine dated Aug 12, 2005.)

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