UID phase-V: Aadhaar enrolments in four states get Cabinet approval

This is in line with the Modi government’s focus on Aadhaar and the PM’s emphasis on using the project for multiple purposes.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 11, 2014 2:23 am

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday cleared phase-V of the Unique Identification (UID) scheme to undertake enrolments in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.

With this, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been given the target of generating 100 crore Aadhaar numbers by the year 2015. “This includes UID numbers issued in respect of enrolments done under the National Population Register process in 12 states/UTs allocated to it,” the government said in a release.

“Comprehensive proposals regarding Aadhaar Sampark Kendra, Information, Education and Communication Campaigns, Document Management System and Rent Rates and Taxes, etc, will be prepared by the UIDAI and a revised cost estimate submitted for appraisal of the Expenditure Finance Committee,” the government said.

This is in line with the Modi government’s focus on Aadhaar and the PM’s emphasis on using the project for multiple purposes. In his first meeting to take stock of Aadhaar and DBT in July, the PM had directed officials to meet an enrolment of 100 crore “at the earliest”.

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    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:24 am
    Lessons from past experience on handling/processing Aadharcards issuance matters: Ensure that: (i) the Enrolment Agencies are appointed ina fair, transparent, manner and they in turn appoint only such staff who are well trained by UIDAI; make surprisechecks (ii) ensure that the PCs, laptops, webcams, finger printing pads etc.are all of reqd.quality & specs; do some surprise sample checks and rejectoff-grade items immdtly(ii) don’t allow enrolment kits/apparatus to be taken to somebody’shouse or in someVIPs homes for enrolmentin their house! Fat chai paani kharchas paid evident; explained away that all thisbeing done from instructions from above!; (iii) Facilitate Tatkal type issuance of Aadhar cards also; charge Tatkal amount; better to pay this amount to the govt.rather than pay bribe to the dalaals or to enrolment staff; (iv) Facilitateadvance booking of appointments on dates desired by families for enumeration; (v)ensure a big hall for each enumeration center; (vi) Facilitate in-situenumerations in large company/dept.premises; (viii) Keep a strict watch onenrolment center supervisor so that he/she does not use discretion with indiscretion in many instances; fat chai paanikharchas payments obvious in such cases; (ix)Faster processing of Aadhar cardsto be made in regional centers;(x) Hand over to some private couriers the contracts for printing & dispatching of aadhar cards ; even despatchings by India Posthave taken several months. Earlier millions of Rs.collected for Speedpostdispatch charges but substantial majority of cards dispatched subsequently by ordinary post. Thousands of Aadhar cards found lying on roadsides at some places.