270 machines in district, ward offices to be used for Aadhaar enrolment

PUNE: As many as 270 machines will be put to use at the municipal corporation’s ward offices in the urban areas and at panchayat offices for Aadhaar enrolment, deputy election officer and incharge of Aadhaar enrollment Monica Singh Thakur told TOI on Saturday.

Some of the machines have been taken back from private operators to be handed over to MahaOnline operators. Now, with just one agency to manage the same, the MahaOnline team too have to appoint more people to streamline the Aadhaar related activities in the district, she stated. On Saturday, 55 machines were taken back from the private operators and handed over to MahaOnline.

 Presently all private operators have discontinued their services in the district. District administration officials said, the new operators will be appointed by MahaOnline and would function at government offices for better monitoring.

In the District Planning and Development Council meeting (DPDC) on Friday, Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat had asked the administration to have these machines put up at the government offices as well as put up notices to spread awareness about the Aadhaar enrolment process, which is supposed to be of free of cost.

Officials, who are dealing in the repossessing of the machines from the private operators at the Shivajinagar godown, said the process was not easy. “The machines have to be taken over and the individual who is operating the machine has to be de-registered and the same process will have to be carried out for the new person to be appointed by MahaOnline,” a senior official from the district administration said.

Those engaging in uscrupulous activity in the process will also be charged a penalty and their services will be cancelled instantly.