The enrolment process for the Unique Identification Number (UID) will soon become more convenient.
The state government has decided to organise sessions at large housing societies and offices in the second phase of its UID enrolment drive that takes off next week. Every resident of India is being assigned a UID — a biometric card that will be used to avail of benefits from government schemes.
Large societies and corporate houses will be able to tie up with the government and set up UID desks on their premises. People who have already got their UID cards will also be able to sync their ration card numbers and LPG gas connection numbers to their cards by sending an SMS, in a process called self-seeding. Banks and post offices will be roped in to help with enrolment.
These decisions were taken at a UID review meeting chaired by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan at the Sahyadri guest house. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman Nandan Nilekani was also present.
“The first phase comprised mainly slum areas and the rural zone. Now, we will cover urban areas including cities such as Mumbai and Pune, so our approach needs to be more people-friendly. Through these measures, we can assist more people in a short time span,” said information technology secretary Rajeev Agrawal, who was present at the meeting. “The details will be sent out through an advertising campaign next week,” he said.
In the first phase, Maharashtra has completed almost 40% of approximately 4.07 crore registrations. Of these, 3.44 crore citizens have received their UID cards. The team has set a deadline of March 2013 by which time it hopes to cover 80% of the population in the second phase.
The government has also decided to have special drives in areas where people do not having bank accounts.
Bank accounts are mandatory for those seeking monetary benefits through government schemes. These people will be able to open their accounts on special desks linked with the UID machinery.