The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set a deadline to enroll 20% of the city’s population under the UID (Unique Identification) scheme by June 30 this year. However, the target may be a little ambitious.
“The municipal commissioner has given us a deadline to finish 20% enrollment by June 2011. We hope to make it,” said Mahesh Narvekar, chief officer, disaster management cell. As per state’s directions, the BMC has to enroll the city’s entire population by March 2012.
To meet the June deadline, 20%, which is nearly 24.80 lakh people, will have to be enrolled for their 12-digit UID number by the end of June. So far, 140 centres (with a potential to cater to one lakh people each) have been established but only eight lakh people have enrolled.
This gives the BMC only 60 days to enroll the remaining 16 lakh people. It has, however, nearly met its target of establishing 146 UID centres, mostly in civic-run schools.
The project began in the state on January 26 when mayor Shraddha Jadhav was issued the first UID or Aadhar card.
Four agencies have been given the task of getting people enrolled in Mumbai. Staff members of these agencies go door-to-door to distribute the enrollment forms. The residents will be asked to submit the forms and enroll themselves by getting their fingerprints and unique iris image recorded along with a mug shot.
Each centre has to have five biometric machines and one operator for each of the machines. Currently, there are 597 machines installed at these centres when there should be 700 active machines.
The civic body is planning to make the facilities available in these centres soon. “All 146 centres will be ready soon,” added Narvekar. There will also be an introducer at every centre to help citizens with their queries.