Public concerned over slow Aadhaar enrollment

Srinagar, Jul 23: Raising concern over the slow pace of Aadhaar enrollment process, the people have demanded setting up of more Aadhaar centres in the city.

At present, there are 25 Aadhaar enrollment centres in the city, but, as per the people, they are not able to cater to the huge rush of applicants.

Significantly, as per Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) official, there are still 4 lakh people without Aadhaar cards.

As per the reports, the people have been continuously visiting the Aadhaar enrollment centers to get enrolled, but they are being asked to report after many months.

Zameer Ahmad, a resident of Sanat Nagar, said he was worried as no one in his family has received Aaadhar card.

“I have been visiting the Aadhaar enrollment centre established at Rainawari for the last three days. The staff there told me to come in December,” he said.

“The Aadhaar has attained tremendous significance. Its possession has become necessary. We would no longer be able to operate our accounts without Aadhaar number after December 31. I am continuously receiving messages from the bank, asking me to submit my Aadhaar number.”

The people in general seem dissatisfied with Aadhaar enrollment process.

“The private firm providing Aadhaar cards to the people is not providing good services. The centres usually open at 12 pm, and the staff at the enrollment centres work as per their will. They often come up with excuses,” said Khalid Jan, a resident of Khanyar.

Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for booking cooking gas cylinders and for other daily services.

State Coordinator for Aadhaar Generation, R KGupta, said no private company has been assigned the job of Aadhaar enrollment.

He said Aadhaar enrollment centres would be increased in the coming weeks.

“Actually we had some issues with the state government, but now they have been resolved,” he said. “People only have to pay Rs 25 each for corrections. The card is free of cost for fresh applicants.”