Aadhaar enrolment for all in full flow

PUNE: There is no Aadhaar card compulsion as decreed by the Supreme Court, but the district administration is pushing for 100% enrolment by December-end in rural and urban areas.

About 83% citizens in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and rural parts have enrolled for Aadhaar, so far.

“About 15 lakh citizens in the district have to register for the unique identification number. We expect to complete their enrolments by the year-end,” a district administration official said.

According to the administration, 78.83 lakh citizens have registered for Aadhaar including men, women and children. Among the rest of the population, about 50% are children.

Officials said eight lakh children have to register for Aadhaar. Authorities and agencies have been asked to deploy enrolment machines in schools and anganwadis, officials added.

The administration has over 160 enrolment machines of which 95 have been allotted for rural parts. Authorised agencies have taken up the enrolment in schools. About 65 machines were set aside for urban areas of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. Officials have said they would enrol children after which machines will be made available for the general public.

“Besides eight lakh children, about seven lakh citizens in urban and rural parts have not enrolled. We will make special arrangements for them. We had sought 200 machines of which more than 70% machines are with us. We can expect speedy enrolment if we receive more machines,” officials said.

Meanwhile, the administration has planned special arrangements for enrolment of senior citizens and the physically challenged. The administration would also publish details of Aadhaar enrolment centres that would be made operational in the city areas in the next few days.