If you are still waiting for your UID-Aadhar card despite completing all formalities a long time ago, there might be some consolation in knowing what the Naib Tehsildar claims about the District Collector’s Aadhar experience.
If the Naib Tehsildar, who works in the Collector Office, is to be believed, District Collector Vikas Deshmukh had to wait almost two years to receive his UID card. The District Collector is the topmost government official in the district and it is under his supervision that the Aadhar scheme is being implemented in the city.
Officials of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) claim they provide the UID card to an applicant in three months. According to the Naib Tehsildar, Deshmukh told his staff in a meeting held around four months ago that he had not got his UID card despite having applied for it in 2010, when the very first phase of implementation of the scheme was kicked off across the country.
Asked about the Deshmukh’s UID card, a tehsildar rank officer in the Collector Office was not aware whether he had received it or not. “I had also applied along with Deshmukh for the UID card in 2010 and received it long ago, but I don’t have any idea whether Deshmukh has received his UID card,” the officer said.
Deshmukh, who is in Mysore for an official training programme, said that he had received his UID card “long ago”, but he did not reveal how much time UIDAI took to deliver his Aadhar card.
The procedure for registering and acquiring the UID card has been heavily criticised across the country. Even at the district level, the implementation of the Aadhar card scheme leaves much to be desired.
Delays are seen because of either shortage of UID machineoperators or inadequate machines. MiD DAY has frequently highlighted the issue of delays in the processing of the UID cards. On December 13, a MiD DAY report revealed that in the past one year only 30 per cent of the UID work had been completed in the rural areas of the district. In the city only 44 per cent work has been completed in one year, and in Pimpri-Chinchwad it is only 36 per cent.
“Although there is no specific rule about the duration, it is expected that citizens will get the UID card in three months,” Aadhar Yojana district in-charge Apurva Wankhede said.
Social activist Vivek Velankar said, “It seems it’s not only the common citizens who are trapped in red-tapism while getting the benefits under a government scheme, but now top officials are also suffering the same. When the collector has had to wait for the last two years, it is best to not even talk about the common people.”
Another social activist, Vijay Kumbhar, said that the government should blacklist the companies that are not able to provide efficient machine operators or enough machines for the scheme.
This reporter also found that despite a state government order issued in September for the appointment of non-registered companies to speed up the UID card work, the old private companies are still carrying out the UID card work.
In an order on December 5, the state government allowed the acquiring of online UID cards that can be used on a temporary basis till citizens get their UID cards. The government in its circular said that those who do have internet facility can acquire the online UID card from SETU and Sangram centre and through Maha E-Seva centre.