The government considers many aspects of the biometric NIC project to be suspicious. Therefore, it has decided to look into the matter.
The biometric National Identity Card (NIC) project will now be put under the microscope. An “information gathering” exercise will be performed to gain a better understanding of the circumstances that led to the allocation of the contract thereof to Singapore Cooperation Enterprise back in October 2012.
Suspicious activities since 2012
The government believes it to be suspicious that the project in question was negotiated by the ex-PM, Navin Ramgoolam, himself. Furthermore, the endeavour was placed solely under the responsibility of the Office of the PM.
Moreover, when a bidder was on the point of getting the contract of Rs 500 million following the issue of tenders, the government decided to cancel all of the procedures.
Back in 2010, the ex-PM had engaged in discussions over the project with the government of Singapore. An agreement protocol was signed between the Mauritian authorities and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE). Then, in October 2012, a contract was signed between the Office of the PM and the SCE for the setting up of the Mauritius National Identity Scheme Project.
Thereafter the SCE had formed a consortium with Crimson Logic Pte Ltd and Nec Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
Yet another aspect of the project that the new government wishes to clarify involves the role of the director of the project, Rao Rama.