Over 6.5 lakh enrolments for the Unique Identification (UID) number have been completed in Chandigarh and nearly 5.4 lakh IDs have already been dispatched to city residents. Owing to a backlog in the analysis and de-duplication of individual details,the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had withheld enrolments last month.
According to officials,enrolments will resume from April 13 and a new version of the software called version 2.0 will be used from now on. The regional office is aiming at clearing the backlog and completing the enrolment of all 10.54 lakh residents simultaneously by June.
The enrolment process was initiated here in March last year. While UIDAI officials had earlier informed that the delivery of the UID number (also called adhaar) would take place within two months of enrolment of the individuals,there has been a two-month delay in delivery of IDs over the past one month.
An official from UIDAIs regional office told Newsline,Since all the processing takes place at the Bangalore unit of UIDAI,there is a huge backlog reported since the last two months. Following the delay in processing,we had to expand our infrastructure at the Bangalore unit.
We are now aiming to clear the backlog by June this year and complete the enrollment of the remaining residents simultaneously, added the official.
For enrolment,applicants are required to bring three documents one each for proof of Identity (any photo ID),residence and date of birth. The residence proof helps in identification of address for correspondence where the UID number is later sent by post.
An online appointment service for enrolment was launched in Chandigarh in November last year,which allows applicants to make appointments in advance at enrollment centres of their choice. A web portal (appointments.uidai.gov.in) has been designed for the purpose.
An official from UIDAIs Chandigarh unit told Newsline,Applicants can visit the link and provide details of location and select enrolment centres as per their preferences. The official further informed that one applicant can take appointment for the enrolment of four persons (including himself) and visit the enrolment centre as per the date and time allotted.
The key registrars for UID enrolments include State Bank of India (SBI),Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC),State Bank of Patiala (SBoP),Union Bank of India and Central Bank of India (CBI).
The highest number of enrolments has been made at SBIs branches in Chandigarh. While a total of 2.5 lakh residents have gotten themselves enrolled at SBI centres,Central Bank of India and OBC have enrolled 1.2 lakh and 44,000 residents respectively.
A total of 17 enrolment centres are currently operational across the city. These include one each at the SBI branches in Sectors 12,25,44 and 45,CBI branches in Sectors 17,22,32 and 35,NSDL unit in Sector 34,Gurdwaras in Sectors 29 and 37,one each at the post offices in Sectors 19 and 17,one at the general post office (GPO) in Sector 17,and three independent branches (one each at village Daria near the railway station and the gurdwaras of Sectors 20 and 30).