'Why should we take the trouble?'

'Why should we take the trouble?'

The clamour for enrolling for UIDAI is increasing in the City in the light of the government rolling out the direct subsidy scheme for one of the most indispensable commodities: Domestic LPG.

But it remains unclear whether only the ones who have linked their Aadhaar cards with their LPG connections are entitled to the subsidy or those without it can also avail the benefit.

The confusion prevails even among those who have linked their Aadhaar numbers with their connections on how and when will they start getting the subsidy. Those who are yet to get their Aadhaar cards wonder if they are completely out of the subsidy loop.
Here’s what Kishore, a resident of Rammurthy Nagar has to say: “My father has had an LPG connection for many years with an agency nearby. About six months ago, he enrolled for UIDAI and got his card thereafter. About two months back, he submitted the details of his UID to the agency but is yet to get the subsidy amount in his bank account. We have no idea how long we have to wait.”

J Thomas, a resident of C V Raman Nagar has a different experience to share. “I have not yet enrolled for the UIDAI. Why should I do it in the first place when the government is saying that those who do not have the Aadhaar card can also avail of the subsidy.

Why should I take the trouble of going to an enrollment centre, provide them my documents when the same subsidy I am entitled to can be obtained without a UIDAI. Unless I know that I stand to gain something by having an identity number which I did not have for 55 years of my life so far, I will not bother to secure one,” he says firmly.

A young IT couple working in a 24/7 environment have an altogether different perspective on UIDAI. “We have been living in Bangalore for the past two and a half years. So far we have not enrolled for UIDAI. Not just us, there are hundreds of our colleagues who haven’t done it either.

We live in a post-Snowden era where even the best of the governments snoop on their citizens,” says Sathish Naidu, a resident of Whitefield. His wife Soubhagya adds, “These days misuse of data and personal details are child's play. For a few hundred rupees, we do not want to compromise on our personal details. When the government has clearly stated that Aadhaar is not mandatory, we do not want to get enrolled in the first place, let alone claiming subsidy.”

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