Closure of Aadhaar enrollment centres

Following the closure of permanent Aadhaar enrollment centres, the Jammu and Kashmir government has urged the Union government to review their earlier order in view of huge number of left out population whose biometrics are yet to be collected.
A senior official informed Greater Kashmir that JK government represented by Commissioner Secretary Information Technology recently met the officials of Registrar General of India under whose jurisdiction Unique Identification Authority of India falls which is dealing with issuance of Aadhaar cards.
“State officials pleaded with the Union government officials to reopen the permanent Aadhaar Enrollment centre which have been closed post March 31,” they said adding that the response from the centre government was ‘positive’.
“We are hopeful that these centres would resume operations soon as the RGI’s response was positive. We are optimistic that from May 1 that Permanent enrollments will resume operations till all the populace in the state are enrolled under UIDAI,” said a senior official who was part of the meeting.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI), under the direct control of Registrar General of India, has stopped the operation Permanent Enrollment Centres (PECs) for generating NPR Smart Cards/ Aadhaar Cards in the Jammu and Kashmir State from March 31, 2016. Registrar General of India, in an order issued had abruptly directed the State Government to stop the operation of all the Permanent Enrolment Centres established in the offices of Tehsildars, SDMs, Deputy Commissioners and the Municipal Committee offices across the State.
These centres had been established to facilitate the general public to generate their AAadhaar Cards, make corrections or updation of their already generated Cards.
As per reports, the people across the state who are yet to get their biometrics enrolled for issuance of unique identification number are running from pillar to post following the closure of enrollment centres.
“I don’t know where to get myself enrolled as for issuance of Aadhaar card as the officials are clueless stating that the government has closed the Aadhaar enrollment centres. On one hand the government has made Aadhaar mandatory but on the other side they are closing enrollment centres,” said Muhammad Irshad, a Srinagar resident.
Following the complaints from left out populace, the district heads have also conveyed to the state government’s attention for extension of operation of Aadhaar enrollment centres.
While the State Government’s IT department claimed to have issued Aadhaar Cards to over 76 lakh people in the State as on date, many people in the State have yet been left out.
The decision of the Union Home Ministry had implied that 344 Aadhaar enrollment centre established in tehsils and district headquarters of the state were closed down as a result of which people whose Aadhaar cards have mistakes or need any rectification will have nowhere to go. Further, it has hampered the enrollment of left over population.
The sudden decision of the Registrar General of India conveyed to the State Government to stop the operation, at the point when the process had reached a crucial stage, is unfortunate. Due to some problem in the Urdu font of the software there were massive corrections to be rectified and the updation work was also going on smoothly but the sudden decision of the Government of India, has left many people of the State in problem.
The Lok Sabha last month cleared the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, as a Money Bill. The centre government would save crore of rupees by routing government subsidies through the unique identification or Aadhaar system now that it has statutory backing.