Barring some districts, the overall progress of disbursement of Aadhaar cards in West Bengal has been extremely slow with the achievement on this count till date being just 44.3%.
According to state government sources, the few districts where over 50% of Aadhaar cards have been disbursed include Howrah, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur, Murshidabad and Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) area.
The worst performing district is North Dinajpur where the disbursement achievement has been less than 10% at just 8.3%. The progress has also been pathetic in the three left wing extremism (LWE)-affected districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore, where the disbursement achievement has been 13.1%, 13.9% and 24.6% respectively.
However, state government sources said progress has been slower in these three LWE-affected districts, since the entire process of enrolment, processing and disbursement of Aadhaar cards started late in these three districts compared to the other states.
In case of Darjeeling, although the progress so far has been 35%, but the process is likely to become even slower in the coming days because of the ongoing agitation in the hills in demand of a separate Gorkhaland state.
Similarly, the progress till date has not been at satisfactory in districts like Nadia at 34.5%, South 24-Parganas at 36.1%, North 24-Parganas at 27.9%, Birbhum at 30.6%, Burdwan at 34.8% and Jalpaiguri at 23.3%.
The two other districts where the disbursement achievement has been lower than 50% include Malda at 42.4% and East Midnapore at 47.2%.
The best performing district has been Howrah, where the disbursement achievement has already crossed 83.9%. Next is Hooghly at 79.1%.
The other districts where the disbursement achievements have exceeded 50% include Cooch Behar at 77%, South Dinapur at 50.6% and Murshidabad at 56.1%.
The disbursement achievement in the Kolkata Municipal area had been 66.3%.