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Poll officials turn to students to link Aadhaar number to voter ID

With poor response to the linkage, poll officials roll out drive in schools, colleges to meet July deadline.

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Students will have to submit copies of their parents’ Aadhaar, EPIC and mobile numbers to their school authorities who in turn will hand over the data to the education officer.

To help bridge the huge divide in linking Aadhaar numbers with the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) numbers, the Pune district election officials have now turned to students. With most state board schools re-opening next week, a special drive in the coming week will see students get their parents’ Aadhaar, EPIC and mobile numbers, and hand it over to their teachers. The data collected will be submitted to their respective principals, who have been appointed as ‘booth heads’. They will then hand over the data to the education officer. With a July-end deadline, the Pune district has rolled out this special initiative which will see all the schools participate in the drive.

“With a very dismal linkage recorded for the district, we have taken out this initiative which pertains to Pune alone. We have asked students to get the details by June 19 and the school heads or principals will have to hand over the details to the education officer,’’ said deputy election officer Samiksha Chandrakar Gokule.

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With a large number of schools in the district, if each child hands over the details, the election department hopes that it can help link a sizeable population. Children are expected to carry photocopies of Aadhaar and EPIC cards of their parents, added Gokule.

In colleges, the NSS has been roped in to help link the data. Students have been asked to submit their parents’ and their own card details. The same will be done for anganwadis too, where parents will be asked to provide the details to the anganwadi workers.

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The labour commissioner has been appointed as the nodal officer for the drive to be carried out at IT companies.

The coming week will see card linking activity at all levels, said Gokule on the drive instructed by the Pune district collector.

Besides IT companies, they have reached out to large societies as well which will help them collect forms. The drive is part of the National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme. Those failing to do so will see the deletion of their names from the voters’ list. The programme, which was launched on February 27, aims to complete 100 per cent linkage by July 30. The programme was initiated following major hassles, including multiple entries.

The district administration officials have informed people that those with double entries, should fill up form 7 to get their names delete from all places except one or else the administration officials will be forced to delete it randomly.

Task at hand
* Linking and authenticating Voter ID (EPIC) data with Aadhaar data of UIDAI
* Improving image quality, wherever requested
* Obtaining and feeding mobile number and email address of voters so that periodic information of revision, deletion, correction and other details can be sent

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