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Aadhar card deliveries in limbo, citizens worry

Shruti.tomar@hindustantimes.com  Bhopal, July 18, 2013
First Published: 10:38 IST(18/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:44 IST(18/7/2013)

If you are waiting for your Aadhar card to arrive home after enrollment, forget about it. A possibility is that it will never come to your doorstep.

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Neither the company having the contract to make and distribute Aadhar cards in Madhya Pradesh nor the postal department is bothered about delivery of the hard copy of the cards.

At a time when everything from identity of a person to provision of subsidy is being linked to Aadhar card, indifference of the company M/s Karvy Limited and postal department towards distribution of the cards is not only surprising but disturbing too.

According to Central government scheme, LPG consumers without Aadhar cards may have to pay more than double the price for LPG cylinders from October.

The subsidy will be directly transferred to the customers’ Aadhar card- linked bank account but most of the customers in Bhopal haven’t received their Aadhar cards yet.

Anshi Shrivastava ( 40), a resident of second stop, said, “I had enrolled for Aadhar card in November, 2012 but I didn’t get my card. Till now, I was not so worried but now that the government has set the deadline for direct transfer of LPG subsidy to bank accounts based on Aadhar cards, I am trying to find out where is my Aadhar card. I had gone to the company’s office but they told me to contact postal office. At the postal office too, there was no positive response.”

Karvy’s state head Sohail Jameel said, “For the purpose of securing subsidies on LPG refills, consumers can directly give their Aadhar numbers to the respective banks where they have accounts and also to the dealers. After this announcement, the rush in the office for enrolling the name, have increased significantly. Karvy issues Aadhar card within 2 to 2.5 months after enrollment. The deliveries of card are being done by postal offices. Postal offices are delaying the deliveries of the card.”

However, senior officer of General Post Office (GPO), on the condition of anonymity said, “Post offices do not have any type of entry of data of Aadhar card where we could check the delivery of the cards. If the cards have not been delivered after 8-10 months, it means the cards have been lost. Now, people should not wait for the physical copy.”

He further said, “It’s not our fault because the agencies sent the cards through general post. Postal offices do not have any record of the general post. The agency was sending the cards through registered post when Aadhar card had been introduced. But now, they are dispatching the cards through general post so there are more chances of missing of cards.”

Sohail Jameel also added, “The enrolled people can download their Aadhar card using the Internet. It is equally valid as the physical card.” However, downloading the card from the Internet is proving to be impossible for people.

A resident of Aakriti Eco City, Namrata Kaul (34) said, “Even after 10 months, I didn’t get the physical copy of my Aadhar card. When I tried to download it, I faced a lot of trouble. I was able to do it only after making nearly hundred attempts for a month.”

Kaul further said, “I showed the downloaded card in the bank but the bank officers refused to accept it. At several places, officers demand the physical copy. In these conditions, we feel helpless without a physical Aadhar card.”


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