Maharashtra Aims to Complete Aadhaar Enrolment in Next 3 Months

MUMBAI:  Maharashtra government has enrolled about 88 per cent of the total population under Aadhaar and plans to complete enrolment of the rest in the next three months.

The state government has now decided to arm its employees with device like tablets, so that employees can photograph kids with one of the parents to enroll children across the state.

The state had decided to bring the whole of Maharashtra under the Aadhar Scheme by December this year.

State Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently took a review of various projects, including those of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), through video-conferencing.

Chief Secretaries of all other states were also part of the video conferencing and the PM appealed to them to complete the project as soon as possible.

“We have completed over 88 per cent of the adult enrollment of Aadhaar and are now concentrating on enrolling for which new 2,000 odd kits (laptops, monitors, single finger print scanner, iris scanner, web camera and multi-functional device) are being purchased. The process of buying machines will be competed in the next 15 days,” Mr Kshatriya said.

At the village level, the government has provided tabs for enrolling children under UIDAI.

“Government employees will go from house to house at village level and enroll children. The employee will click a photograph of a child with one parent, either father or mother, for identification,” he said.

Mr Kshatriya said he has personally visited few villages to see a demonstration and find easier ways to complete the project in the next three months.

“There is no need to take fingerprints of children till they are six years old, as we assume that the finger impression would change in future. We will try to complete the complete UIDAI project in the next three months,” Mr Kshatriya said.