UIDAI pilot study launched in Mysore

Centre for differently-abled

A differently-abled being enrolled for Aadhaar at JSS Polytechnic For Differently Abled , at SJCE campus in Mysore.DH photo

A similar study will begin in Tumkur on March 15, with the Social Welfare Department taking measures to gather differently abled belonging to rural backgrounds for enrollment.

The centre set-up at the JSS Polytechnic for the Differently Abled here at the campus of Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering (SJCE), has been equipped with four systems to capture biometric details of 350 students. Feedback from the students and eight enrollment personnel will be collected. The centre at Tumkur will also function on a similar basis.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Additional Director General, UIDAI, Sirish Choudhary said that a half-day workshop was conducted to sensitise operators about the needs of the differently abled.

With four operators, two supervisors and trainers each gaining exposure at the centre, he said that using the experience gained by talking to operators and the feedback from the differently abled, measures will be taken to improve the services. He mentioned, “It is more of an exercise to improve the attitude of the operators, because they will also be seeing people who are mentally retarded or those who suffer from deaf mutism. Continuing, he said,  “The pilot study for UID was done here and similarly we have chosen Mysore and Tumkur for conducting another pilot study.”

Explaining the rationale behind conducting the study, he said that even though it would be impossible to open centres exclusively for differently abled, the operators and supervisors can be trained to handle people better. UIDAI Consultant Asif Iqbal pointed out that the study would assist in creating a document, based on the inputs received here. Using this document, other States can formulate their strategy while enrolling the differently abled.

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