WITH THE state government directing all the education departments to pick up pace for efficient implementation of the Aadhaar card enrollment, the Pune district administration has alerted all government and private schools to complete the registration process of schoolchildren in the district by July 15. Presently, Pune district has achieved 90 per cent Aadhaar registration.
“All principals are being intimated through a government circular issued by the education commissioner on June 13. They will have to get in touch with us and the Aadhaar machines will be made available to each of the schools to complete the registration process. We have first initiated the drive with the PMC and PCMC schools, and then we will follow it up with the private schools in the city,” said Samiksha Chandrakar Gokule, deputy election officer, who is also coordinating the Aadhaar drive in the district.
The focus of the state initially was on anganwadis — a task which has been nearly completed. Now, the next focus is on middle and high school children, officials said.
The state government laid special emphasis on this age group as they also want to ensure the attendance of students in schools as well as help track their attendance to give out the scholarships. Last year, they had focussed on the age group of 15-18 years.
A recent circular from the education department mentions that 82.8 per cent students have so far registered and that by September this year, the figure should touch 90 per cent. The district officials are in touch with the school authorities to arrange special camps in schools to get the work completed.
While schools in Vidarbha will open on June 26, the rest of the state the schools have already opened.
Education Commissioner Purshottam Bhapkar, when contacted, said they are implementing the state government directive.
Meanwhile, schools are worried about how they would manage the drive. V B, Patole principal of CR Ranganathan School, said, “If a time frame is given to us, it would be easier to carry it out without disturbing the school schedule.”
Meanwhile, district officials said several schools have started collecting the Aadhaar ID as proof for admissions which is a good initiative.
District officials stated that they hope to complete the process at anganwadis by the month end and would then move on to focus on the older children and would want to complete the drive by next month.