Aadhaar cards at doorstep for students

Chennai: Now school students can get their Aadhaar cards with ease, as the Tamilnadu government has laid out a plan to reach out to schools and get children registered under the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The IT department of the State government will send staff to schools to collect biometric data of students and send it to UIDAI for releasing the Aadhaar cards.

The move is aimed at making enrollment, a hassle free procedure for school students and also to compensate the less footfall to the special Aadhaar centres run by the Tamilnadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV).

The TACTV on Tuesday announced that it is recruiting candidates for the Aadhaar centres across the State, adding that it also plans to increase the number of centres.

Though the recruitment is also to provide manpower for the additional centres yet to be set up, TACTV offi cials say that the move is primarily to employ staff for the planned school registration drives.

“We are increasing the strength to execute the school-wise Aaadhaar registration camps successfully, though some staff will also be designated positions at the special Aadhaar centres,” said a TACTV offi cial in Chennai.

“On a pilot basis, we have sent staff to five schools in Chennai to collect biometrics. After the recruitment is over, the project will be executed in full swing covering every school,” the official added.

The State runs a total of 339 special Aadhaar centres across Tamilnadu out of which 92 centres are located in Chennai.

“The method would largely benefit school students as they can skip long procedures and queues to get an Aadhaar card. But the government must make sure that students who are absent on the day of registration are not left out. The camp must be conducted for at least three or four days so that all the students are enrolled under the scheme,” said K G Karthikeyan, am IT employee.

It is to be noted that the deadline for recruitment is 30 November. Candidates can apply through the government portal www.tactv.in.

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