Pvt centres make hay as parents scamper for Aadhaar enrolments

Unique ID made compulsory for admissions in schools

With the Central Board and private schools making Aadhaar mandatory for admission to educational institutions, especially for the first standard, parents have been scampering for Aadhaar enrolment centres identified by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

There are only four such government agencies in the city that enrol for Aadhaar and thus cyber cafes are exploiting the situation by collecting excess money for the service. As per guidelines issued by the Central government, Aadhaar enrolment is actually free of cost. In case there are corrections and changes need to be incorporated, a fee of Rs 25 is charged.

Enrolment agency is an agency hired by the Registrar under contract subject to verification of profile of the organisation and the technical and financial evaluation. Some private Aadhaar centres, which have taken the job on sub-contract are said to be collecting Rs 100 to Rs 200 for enrolment and Rs 150 to Rs 250 for rectification.

Enrolment centres
UIDAI had alloted the Aadhaar enrolment on contract to Common Service Centre (CSC), which has in turn sub-contracted the job to private centres. The same has now been cancelled.

Around 50% of the enrolment centres have mushroomed in the city. Enrolment in these centres has, however, been stalled even though the Aadhaar website still mentions that these centres exist. Currently, there are only four enrolment centres functioning in the city.

When one of the centres was contacted, the managers said that they are paid only once in six months. It has become inevitable for us to collect some money from the customers as we need money to run the centres, they justified.

Confusion in rural areas
In rural areas confusion prevails as parents of school-going children are finding it difficult to get Aadhaar enrolment for their wards. Only one Grama Panchayat in the taluk has been given the authority to enrol candidates for Aadhaar. As the GPs keep changing, parents find it difficult to trace the right one.

When the problem was brought to the notice of District Aadhaar Registration Coordinator Lakshmi, she said, several complaints have been received in this regard. A meeting will be convened and a suitable decision will be taken soon, she said.

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