Poor lose out, but Bhopal on way to Aadhaar record

BHOPAL: The state capital could become the first city in the country with 100% Aadhaar(unique identification) coverage, said district collector Nishant Warwade on the sidelines of the launch of Bhopal Plus mobile app on Monday.

“As many as 97% city residents have Aadhaar cards and the district administration aims to make Bhopal the first city with 100% coverage,” said Warwade.
District administration’s zeal to make Bhopal, the first city where city residents have Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) card has come for a cost. Some 40,000 people below poverty line (BPL) in the state capital have been turned away from getting monthly ration, for not having Aadhaar, said sources.
Decision was taken by the district administration some four months ago, whereby linking BPL ration cards with Aadhaar for obtaining monthly rations under the public distribution system.
Following similar complaints in Alirajpur, the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had ordered the district administration to resume ration of affected families.