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Aadhar cards: A misery for Patiala residents

Mehakdeep Grewal , Hindustan Times  Patiala, September 27, 2013
First Published: 00:29 IST(27/9/2013) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(27/9/2013)

While the dead line of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme to avail LPG subsidies is October 1, only 27% of residents of Patiala have got their Aadhar cards, which are mandatory to avail the subsidy.

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The Aadhar card scheme in district has come under severe flak as getting registered with unique identification in central database system, according to consumers has become an 'unachievable task'.

Even after getting enrolled many haven't received the cards so far.

Sources said out of total population of 18,44,934, 90% have been enrolled for the cards. But only 27 percent have got their cards.

The ambitious UID project of the UPA government has suffered a major setback in the city as machines at various centres have failed to take fingerprints.

Earlier gas agencies in Patiala district were asked to inform four lakh LPG beneficiaries to deposit their Aadhaar numbers and bank details before October 1 at respective agencies to draw subsidy benefits under DBT scheme.

Surinder Singh, a city resident who has been waiting for his Aadhar card for over a year now, said, "Getting the card made seems a tough task. I have been rejected by three centres, on grounds of machine failure to register my fingerprints."

Sources said the machines, which were suppose to be installed at the Suvidha centres to help people are lying unused as there are no guides available for it.

Vyam Tech, an outsourced agency is responsible for making Aadhar cards in the city. Agency's block supervisor, Jatinder Singh blamed the lack of efforts of the residents for delaying the process.

Singh said, "We have updated our website. City people and villagers have been informed about how to get their cards made. But applicants are negligent. This hampers the process to get fully functional,"he said.

"The octogenarians and housewives' have rough fingers. This is why it is difficult to take their fingerprints,"he added.

He informed that six centres were presently functional in Patiala.

Davinder Singh an applicant said,"I have got myself enrolled twice for Aadhar cards. I had to take leave from my office and stand in long queues to get this work done. But after wasting a lot of time I came to know that the machines can't take finger prints due to some technical error."

Many residents rued that there has been huge chaotic mismanagement on the part of the authorities.

Speak out:

Chanchal Kaur, an applicant

Me and my husband had applied for the card at the same time. He received his card two months back, while I have been running from one centre to other.

Hardev Singh, an applicant

My family's data was deleted at one centre and we were informed about it six months later. Now we all have to take the whole process again.

Chatar Singh Gill, an applicant

I had got myself enrolled seven months back, but till date I have got no response.

Amrit Kaur Gill, additional deputy commissioner

We have already demanded for more machines, which will be installed soon to accelerate the process.

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