Nursery admissions: No Aadhaar enrolment in Mohali, parents harassed

With the commencement of nursery admissions in schools, parents are facing a lot of harassment as schools are asking them to get their children’s Aadhaar cards made, but the sewa kendras in SAS Nagar have stopped making Aadhar cards.

Earlier, Aadhaar cards were being made at MC Bhawan, Sector 68, and in DC office, but the process has stopped since September when more than 1000 employees of suwidha centre went on strike demanding regular jobs and protesting against state government’s decision to shift them to sewa kendras, which are being run by a private company.

Though the staff has been recruited at the sewa kendra but notices have been pasted on the counter, stating that Aadhaar cards are not being made, thus leading to harassment of parents.

“I have to get my daughter admitted to nursery and the school is asking for her Aadhaar card. I have no clue where Aadhaar cards are being made now. I am told that an agent charges `250 to `500 for making Aadhaar card,” said Ajay Kapoor, employed with a private hospital in SAS Nagar.

“The residents are facing a lot of harassment as sewa kendras are not making Aadhaar cards. There are a few private agents who are making the cards, but they are charging the residents,” said RP Sharma, MC councillor who had raised the issue in the house meeting on Tuesday.

He demanded that MC should at least get the facility started at MC Bhawan.

“There are technical issues, owing to which the facility has been stopped. We are working out modalities to start the facility and by next week, we aim to start the process again,” said DS Mangat, deputy commissioner SAS Nagar.

Sources claim that the staff recruited for the sewa kendras has not till now cleared the test to start the facility of making Aadhaar cards, which is why the facility has been stopped in the state. Sources added that the administration is considering to start the facility at the district administrative complex for Aadhaar enrolment of the children.