The state government has covered 36% population under the (unique identification number UID or Aadhaar cards) and would be able to cover the entire population by December 2013. The government is planning to link several welfare schemes to Aadhaar cards in the initial phase based on which the subsidies would be transferred to their bank accounts.
Answering to a calling attention motion, raised by Jitendra Ahwad, Shashikant Shinde (NCP) and others in the Assembly in this regard, the chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, however, made it clear that the government benefits and subsidies would not be deprived to those who could not make their cards. They would not be deprived the benefits, like direct cash transfer of subsides or other targeted welfare schemes.
He claimed that the state was at the second position among all states in Aadhar works. Till date 36% of the people have been covered and a target has been set to register all 10-crore people in the state for Aadhaar cards by next year.
The chief minister admitted that in the first phase the progress of the UID work was very slow. But contrary to perception of the members that people had to stand in queue for hours leaving their work, home and hearth, Chavan said 404 registrations units were engaged in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. In a month or two more units would be pressed into service taking the total number of kits to 2200 in the state.
According to him, Wardha district in Vidarbha with 84% is at the top while Sindhudurg with 15% is at the bottom as far as completion of UID work is concerned Chavan. The actual UID registrations till date in state are 4.15-crore. The direct cash transfer facility being implemented by the Union government may take some more months. "We hope to complete the Aadhaar cards distribution by that time," said Chavan.
The Pune-based Yashada and Mahaonline have been given a joint responsibility to verify the UID data and they have completed checking data of 351 centres. Chavan also added that there is plan to rope in some branches of nationalized banks, census agencies into the work and open new registration centres at colleges, schools, group housing societies for the convenience of the people to reach the nearest such centre for the UID registration after which they get the card at home through postal service.
The BJP member, Tara Singh alleged that several citizens in Thane and Mumbai were waiting for Aadhaar cards after filling up the required forms, for the last three months. “The government should increase centres and machines for the purposes,” he insisted.
The chief minister said that as many as 2200 machines have already been engaged in the state for the works. “We are planning to provide more machines so that we can complete the works by 2013,” he further said.