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Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times
Karnal, September 17, 2013
Upset over poor enrollment in the aadhar system of Haryana, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has roped in the outsourced manpower and hardware in all districts to streamline the drive.
As per the data of the UIDAI, only 66.6% of the total population of Haryana was enrolled till September 15 this year.

With 20.4%, Mewat has the lowest enrollment rate, while Sirsa and Mahendergarh districts stand at 45.1% and 46.2% respectively.

According to the UIDAI, population of Haryana is 2.52 crore, while only 1.69 crore people were enrolled with the UIDAI.

Ambala tops the enrollment tally with 95.1% and Sonepat (92.7%) has second highest registration for the unique identification drive.

Of the total 21 districts of the state, 15 districts have an enrollment percentage between 50% and 80%.

However, it is not only low enrollment, but the state is also lagging behind in terms of generating aadhar numbers to the eligible individuals.

Only 41.23% population of the state has got aadhar numbers with Mewat at the lowest rank, where only 8.64% eligible persons are able to access their unique identity numbers.

In Mahendergarh district, only 21% applicants have got unique numbers, while the percentage of Fatehabad (24.74%), Jind (26.6%) and Bhiwani (26.15%) is also low.

Ved Prakash Tyagi, deputy director of UIDAI's Chandigarh regional office who was in Karnal on Tuesday to oversee the aadhar-making preparations, said that the authority had hired six new agencies to expedite the enrollment.

“Several districts, including Mewat, Sirsa and Mahendergarh, faced the problem due to limited manpower and machines. Now, with the outsourcing trained staff and more machines we will be able to maximise enrolments by the year-end,” he said.

On the poor ratio of allotment of unique numbers, Tyagi said that several technical glitches in data collection and delivery by post were responsible for it.

He said that issuing a unique ID was time consuming as the central server in Bangalore scrutinised the entire data before allotting a unique number.

“A district which is empanelled in any welfare scheme is automatically put on the priority list on issuing the IDs,” he added.

Even infants can have UID number
Ved Prakash Tyagi, deputy director of UIDAI's Chandigarh regional office, said that a 12-digit individual identification was not a substitute to any other official document. “Getting aadhar made is optional and serves as a proof of identity and address only,” he said.

He said everyone, including infants, was eligible for a unique ID number and it should not be confused as “aadhar card” as it was just a 12-digit number.