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Project’s poor reach in Pune district will now hit citizens

With its implementation status being around 45%,officials fear overcrowding at Aadhaar centres.

Statistics from the Pune district collectorate show that the implementation of Aadhaar has been only around 45 per cent. With the Centre deciding to directly link the subsidy of cooking gas to a consumer’s Aadhaar card number,officials fear they would see further crowding at the Aadhaar enrolment centres in the district.

Collector Vikas Deshmukh said that from October 1,only non-subsidized cylinders would be sold to consumers. “The difference in price would be directly credited to their bank account that would be linked to their Aadhaar card number,” he said.

While a subsidized cylinder costs Rs 450,a non-subsidized one costed Rs 900,until Tuesday. The new rate is Rs 847. Customers without Aadhaar cards would have to buy their cylinders at the non-subsidized rates and once they get their Aadhaar cards,their bank account number will be linked to their card number,and the backlog subsidy would be directly transferred to their account in whole.

This decision which is scheduled to affect more than 24 lakh gas consumers in the district,would surely face a lot of hurdles,given the low penetration of the Aadhaar project in the district. Other than the paucity of machines,the district collectorate is also facing a scarcity of trained manpower to carry on the enrolments.

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The Aadhaar card enrollment camps started by various political parties and corporators have also been stopped following complains. Now only government institutions can carry out Aadhaar enrollment. Two special camps have been set up at Pimpri-Chinchwad for the enrollment,which Deshmukh said would be replicated in Pune as well.

Criticizing the move,social activist Kiran Moghe said complaints are pouring in from people whose fingerprints have not been recorded in the machines used to collect bio-metric details. “In case that happens,will such people not be issued cards and they would be deprived of their subsidy?” she asked..

Moghe said the present move would result in more bureaucratic red-tape and make life difficult for the people.

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