Hyderabad: After a gap of six months, the transport department has once again made it compulsory for applicants to various services to submit their Aadhaar card.
People who went to the Trimulgherry office on Wednesday were in for a shock as their applications were refused by the staff who insisted on an Aadhaar card.
B Reddy, a resident of Parsigutta, who went for transfer of ownership of an auto, had to return home as he did not have his Aadhaar card.
Ironically, even the officials were kept in the dark about the new rule. Organizing secretary of Telangana State Auto Trolley Union M Dayanand said, “The department did not issue a notification nor was there any information on the notice board in the last few days. How can the department expect people to know? It is putting people to so much inconvenience.”
He added that the Supreme Court too had made it clear in the past that Aadhar should not be made mandatory for submission of documentation in offices.
The officials say that they have started it as a pilot project in RTA Trimulgherry and would slowly implement it in all the other RTA offices in Rangareddy and Hyderabad.
The list of services that are offered at RTA offices include transfer of ownership, duplicate registration, duplicate driving licence, no objection certificate, state and national permits for transport vehicles of tourist buses and lorries, taxes, change of name, renewal of registration of vehicle (after 15 years), international driving permit, NOC from one State to another and one district to the other, hypothecation of the vehicle and clearance certificate of driving license.
The practice of making Aadhar mandatory for availing of these services was discontinued after a public backlash.