Special camps in housing societies for Aadhaar seeding

Pune: The district authorities are now targeting housing societies to increase seeding of Aadhaar details with ration cards.

In a recent drive, the administration set up camps in 20 housing societies in the Sinhagad Road area to collect on-the-spot information of ration cards from residents. Similar camps will be set up in more areas in a phased manner, as over 40% of the ration card holders in the city are still to submit details despite repeated appeals. The deadline to submit details ended on December 31, 2015.

The foodgrain distribution office (FDO), which is monitoring the drive, said the decision to go to the doorsteps of residents to obtain details was taken up following unsatisfactory response from ration card holders.

A senior official said, “Despite repeated appeals, very few ration card holders turned up with required details, which prompted us to reach out to the people. The office has found the special camp initiative effective. In our very first attempt, details of over 1,000 ration cord holders were collected. The drive is likely to go to Chinchwad next week and then to other areas in a phased manner.”

The official said the teams were following an easy process – the camp works for a maximum of two days at one location. On the first day, the volunteers visit every home in the society located nearby to hand over application forms. The ration card holders are expected to fill the details and give back the forms to volunteers or at the camp site by evening or the next day.

The official said the housing societies can contact the FDO for setting up camps in their localities.

Meanwhile, the FDO has also put up a website (www.fdopune.com) to help ration card holders submit Aadhaar details through the online process.