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Want Aadhaar made in Noida? You have nowhere to go

In a letter to the chief secretaries of various states, UIDAI has stated that at present, Aadhaar enrolment is largely being carried out by private agencies in centres scattered across the country. A large number of citizens have complained that many Aadhaar facilitators are indulging in corruption and overcharging them because there is no supervision of the entire process.

noida Updated: Jul 06, 2017 14:06 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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Those running CSCs are up in arms against the decision and it is going to affect them adversely. (Raj K Raj/HT FILE PHOTO FOR REPRESENTATION)

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has blocked the IDs of Common Services Centres (CSC) in the city, which were facilitating residents to get their Aadhaar cards made.

Officials claimed that this was done as new directions have been issued for Aadhaar card centres. Those running CSCs are up in arms against the decision and it is going to affect them adversely.

Pawan Mangal, district informatics officer, Gautam Budh Nagar, said on Wednesday, “Under the new guidelines of UIDAI, Aadhaar centres have to deposit Rs 1 lakh as bank guarantee and UIDAI has also imposed fines on some centres for uploading the wrong documents. The penalty is up to Rs 50,000, depending on the irregularity.”

“There are around 300 CSCs in the district. The IDs of a majority of CSCs have been blocked. The registration of Aadhaar cards and corrections have been held up,” Mangal said.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of various states, UIDAI has stated that at present, Aadhaar enrolment is largely being carried out by private agencies in centres scattered across the country. A large number of citizens have complained that many Aadhaar facilitators are indulging in corruption and overcharging them because there is no supervision of the entire process.

“Now UIDAI has decided to shift the Aadhaar enrolment centres from private and unsecured locations to secured government premises such as district collectorates, zilla parishad, municipal and tehsil offices,” Mangal said.

The CSC is also called know as village level enterprise (VLE) in rural areas. The VLE welfare association has given a memorandum to the district administration demanding that the bank guarantee clause be waived.

“We have demanded that the condition of bank guarantee should be waived and VLEs should not be forced to move to government premises as it is not feasible. A supervision mechanism should be developed.”

“Further, the GPS-based software has been updated for Aadhar enrolment. Now a facilitator can work only under the area for which he was given registration. If he takes the equipment for enrolment to other areas, the system will not operate,” Mangal said.

The current move will affect the crop loan waiver scheme as Aadhaar number has been made mandatory to avail of the scheme.

“Initially, only applications with Aadhaar numbers will be taken up. Then the rest will be given time for enrolment under Aadhaar. The applications of those who could not submit Aadhaar number will be considered last. These applications will be physically verified and this may delay approval,” said Mangal.

Aadhaar enrolment of school students has also been affected, he added.

“I would prefer to close the Aadhaar enrolment registration centres instead of shifting them to government premises as they will affect our other work,” said Ram Ghanakshe, who runs a CSC at Bhatta Parsaul.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 22:57 IST