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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Dharamsala, August 31, 2013
Hundreds of residents from villages surrounding the town protested against the improper services and irresponsible behaviour of people at the Aadhaar enrollment centre here on Saturday.

People alleged that they had queued up early in the morning to get themselves enrolled for Aadhaar card, but the employees at the centre closed it without giving any valid reason.

Rajesh Kumar of Gharoh village said he had come with his family to get registered for Aadhaar card, but the people deployed at the centre told them that no registration would be done.

“My entire family is coming to the centre for four days now. Earlier, we were not able to get enrolled due to heavy rush but on Saturday when I arrived early, they closed the centre,” he said, adding that the locals are being harassed every day by the employees of the company which has been given the contract for enrollment.

Kamal, a resident of Skoh village, said he had got registered for Aadhaar about three months ago, but had not yet received the card.

“Now I am taking rounds of the Dharamsala centre to know the status, but the services here are improper and employees also misbehave with people,” said Kamal.

People also met deputy commissioner C Paulrasu and apprised him of the problems being faced by them.
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur admitted that there were some problems at the Dharamsala centre.

“The biometric machines and workforce has been provided by a private company. The employees were protesting against non- payment of their salary and stalled the work,” Thakur said, adding that he had talked to the officials of the company on the issue.

“The company officials told me that they have received the funds and salary will be released on Monday,” he added.

Thakur said the district administration would be rolling out a new plan to intensify the Aadhaar enrollment work and problems being faced by people would also be eliminated.

Direct benefit transfer (DPT) on LPG cylinders will be launched in the district from Sunday.