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Aadhaar enrolments set to gain momentum

P M Raghunandan, Bangalore, June 3, 2013, DHNS:

Worried over the slow pace of Aadhaar enrolment in the City, the State government’s Centre for e-Governance (CEG) has decided to set up dedicated, appointment-based enrolment stations to expedite the process.

The appointment-based stations are purported to cater to families where husbands and wives go to work. Applicants can book their slots online well in advance, arrive at the pre-determined time and get the enrolment process completed without having to wait for long. However, one has to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance.

Chief Executive Officer of CEG D S Ravindran said five appointment-based stations were planned initially. “We are presently scouting for places to set up the stations.

Two locations, one on the PU board premises at Malleswaram and another at the Kanteerava stadium, have been finalised. Once the places are identified, the stations will be set up immediately. We are planning to launch all five stations by June 15,” he said.

According to the plan, people can choose from the slots available by logging on to www.karunadu.gov.in/nammaaadhaar. Basic details like name, age and sex should be submitted at the time of booking. Thereafter, one receives an SMS enumerating the appointment details. The applicants can also take a printout of the appointment slip.

At present, Aadhaar enrolment is only about 30 per cent in Bangalore urban district. About 30 lakh people have enrolled themselves under the project wherein a 12-digit UID number will be allotted by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIADI).

Upset with the slow pace of enrolment, UIADI chairman Nandan Nilakani, during his recent meeting with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, said the State government should go for dedicated appointment-based stations in Bangalore. One of the reasons behind people shying away from enrolling was perceived to be the long queues at the stations.

Though the CEG had initially (at the time of launch of Aadhaar project) offered the appointment-based service, it was soon withdrawn due to difficulty in implementation. There was no dedicated service and walk-in candidates, who would have waited for long in the queue, used to take an objection to those who had taken appointments, Ravindran explained.

Easier, smoother

* CEG to set up dedicated appointment-based Aadhaar enrolment stations
* Plan is to set up five stations in the City
* Appointment can be taken online.
* CEG plans to start the service by June 15


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