Education department plans camps for Aadhaar registration

AURANGABAD: After missing the June deadline for completion of Aadhaar enrolment of students between the age group of 5 and 15, the school education department has now decided to hold special camps for registration of students with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

Accordingly, district-level educational authorities will have to arrange at least two camps in each school falling under their jurisdiction for necessary registration. As per the official data, 83% students belonging to the said age-bracket have Aadhaar card even as the target of cent per cent registration was to be achieved by end of June.

“The special camps will have new Aadhaar enrollment as well as updating of biometric details of students. The education department officials from primary and secondary sections will have to chalk out plans for holding the camps,” said a senior education department official, quoting the latest Government Resolution (GR) issued on Monday.

Special nodal officers are expected to be designated in education department for overseeing the progress of Aadhaar enrolment of students. Elaborating upon the need for Aadhaar registration of students, authorities said scholarships and other benefits meant for school students could get linked with UIDAI registration in the near future.

“Like in the field of higher education, several student-centric benefits in the school education sector could also get linked with Aadhaar card on mandatory basis in days to come. The schools, therefore, should cooperate with the education department in achieving 100% registration,” the authorities said.

Prashant Redis, state leader, association of school principals, differed on the percentage of Aadhaar enrolment for school-going children in Maharashtra. “As per our estimate, nearly 95% students have Aadhaar card. The schools had faced difficulty in uploading details of some students in official portal due to mismatch in names and other issues,” he said.

Redis added that schools were ready to cooperate for holding Aadhaar camps as it would serve multiple benefits.
The UIDAI is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (Aadhaar Act 2016). It was created with the objective to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as “Aadhaar”, to all residents of India with an aim to eliminate duplicate and fake identities among other motives.