District admin to launch fresh Aadhar card drive

The administration hopes to cover the remaining few in the district who aren’t already registered, including sections of society that are under-represented and find it harder to apply for the card

While the Aadhar card scheme continues to be shadowed by uncertainty over its future, the district administration is preparing for a fresh enrollment drive that will be launched next month. This time, the authorities hope to draw in more
registrations from under-represented sections of society, and are considering beginning the drive with the prisoners in Yerawada jail.

Aadhar card registrations
The district administration will use 84 UID machines for the Aadhar card registrations next month, focussing on sections that find it harder to apply for the card. File pic for representation

As of March 2014, 83 per cent of the citizens in the district had enrolled under the programme. “Although applying for the Aadhar card is not compulsory now, we want to provide it to the remaining population in the district,” said Vasundhara Barwe, the district in-charge for the campaign.

She added that there were some sections of society that were yet to receive the identification cards, such as prisoners, who would now be registered on priority basis.

“We also conducted a meeting with various organisations that worked with sex workers and transgender people in the past year. We realised many of them were still deprived of the card because of insufficient documents. In the new drive, the administration could possibly provide them with UID cards,” Barwe said.

Unlike last year, when the administration used 350 UID card machines to speed up the registration process, this time only 84 will be used.

“In the past few months, we haven’t received many applications for Aadhar, as we have already covered a large portion of the population. We will cover the remaining few in the upcoming drive,” said Barwe.

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