UP government to pace up Aadhaar card enrolment

In a bid to be at par with other states, Uttar Pradesh government is gearing up to pace the enrolment process under Aadhaar Card project. Till date, 60 percent population of the state is already enrolled under the project and now state government is planning to raise this figure up to 90 percent by the end of this financial year.

An official of Uttar Pradesh government informed today that 31 March 2016 has been fixed as the deadline to complete 90 percent of the Aadhaar card work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged chief ministers to complete the Aadhaar card project by this year at the recent PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) meeting.

Uttar Pradesh is lagging behind other states such as Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh where the project completion has reached its final stage. As per a report published last year, 6 crore people were issued Aadhaar card which has increased to 12 crore now.

Aadhaar card provides a unique 12-digit identity number based on biometrics to every resident of the country, the project was initiated by Congress led UPA government in 2009 and the first Aadhaar card was issued in September 2010. After assuming power in 2014, NDA government carried on with the project and liked it to several other schemes of the government. The enrollment work of Aadhaar Card project in Uttar Pradesh is being controlled by Karvy Data Management Services Limited (KDMSL) which started its Aadhaar (UID) operations in Uttar Pradesh in June 2011.

UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan also asked respective district magistrates for taking actions to ensure early completion of the Aadhaar card project. He remarked that enrollment of children up to 5 years of age should be done through tablets in Anganwadi centres and those above 5 years should be covered in teaching institutions.