Five months left, state faces uphill task of 100% Aadhaar coverage

aadhar, aadhar maharashtra, aadhar card, maharashtra aadhar card, aadhar card facilities, aadhar card services, maharashtra news, india news, indian express Pune stands third in the state in Aadhaar card coverage. (Express Photo)

While the government is linking Aadhaar card to various facilities, the basic coverage of Aadhaar in the state and in the district is hovering around 80 per cent and with it still not being compulsory, the government is facing an uphill task to register the remaining population.

“Aadhaar card is not compulsory, however, with services being linked it will become easier for citizens. We have to motivate the remaining crowd for the same. Right now we are focussing on the 0-6 years group,’’ said IT Director Suryakant Jadhav, on the coverage.

With the government providing kits to district collectors and having contractors calling in to cover the remaining population, the target is to achieve a 100 per cent coverage by December-end.

Deputy Director General, UIDAI, Mumbai region, Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that state officials have to put in their best to get maximum coverage in the next five months. “We have urged all district collectors to cover the remaining population soon and we will be providing full support from UIDAI. We have to reach 98 per cent, like in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, and unless there is support from every collector in all the districts the target will not be achieved. So, we are mobilising all to get a good coverage,’’said Pandey.

He added that Aadhaar is not compulsory, but we are telling people that it is an “useful” identity proof and people should come forward and register themselves.

According to the Aadhaar website, the state stands second in the country with an 85.20 per cent coverage with 9.57 crore population coverage of the 11.23 crore population while Pune stands third in the state after Mumbai and Thane. Pune district presently stands at 80.34 per cent.

“We want to improve the coverage and presently we have only 156 machines that sees only 40 persons being enrolled per day and there is a need for better coverage. We have requested for more machines and more operators for the same,’’said District collector Pune Saurabh Rao on the Aadhaar coverage in the district.

The remaining population has to be covered and for that 1500 machines have to put into service and for this a special request has been made to the IT department.

“Unless we have more machines we cannot improve the coverage and once we get these machines we should be able to improve our services,’’said officials. When asked, Jadhav said that they will assess each case and if required they would sanction the kits and machines in each of the districts.

Of the 36 districts in the state, Mumbai tops the coverage with 1.11 crore population, followed by Thane at 80.18 lakh, Pune with 75,45 lakh, Nashik with 51.45 lakh, Nagpur with 42.92 lakh and Ahmednagar with 39.67 lakh. While in Pune district, Khed tops the list followed by Pune city, Haveli, Baramati, Junnar and Indapur.

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