About 30 per cent of the state lags behind in the enrolment of Unique Identification Number (UID). Of the 35 districts,the enrolment rate is less than 50 per cent in as many as 12 districts.
With UID enrolment holding the key to implementation of several flagship projects of the UPA in time before the upcoming elections,Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday reviewed the UID implementation in all 35 districts in the state at a meeting where Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh and Women and Child Development Minister Varsha Gaikwad were also
Sources said that CM directed divisional commissioners and collectors of districts where the enrolment lacked in pace to speed up the process.
The Democratic Front government in the state is keen to roll out UPAs flagship initiatives like the Right to Food and the direct cash transfer for subsidised LPG beneficiaries across the state well before the poll campaign begins.
The UID linkage is key to implementation of these schemes,a senior state official said.
On Friday,Chavan directed officials to ensure that 90 per cent of people in the state are enrolled for the UID before the year-end. In order to speed up the drive for UID linkage for LPG subsidy,a decision to set up enrolment counters with gas dealers was also taken.
Although the state has achieved the second highest number of enrolments after Andhra Pradesh,the slow performance in these 12 districts is worrying,officials said.
Having managed barely 29 per cent enrolment,the Parbhani in Marathwada is the worst performing district,followed by Gadhchiroli (32%),Sindhudurg (33%),and Yavatmal (37%).
Wardha (96%) and Mumbai (84%) are the top two performers.
Officials said that there would be a need to increase storage facilities for foodgrains to be distributed under the Right to Food. Deshmukh said that his department would set up godowns wherever needed.
Chavan also reviewed the flood relief work ongoing in Vidarbha.