UID number to play crucial role in cooking gas, kerosene subsidy

Published: Nov 21, 2012, 06:22 IST | Niranjan Medhekar |

In the near future, the Unique Identification (UID) number -AADHAR card - will play a crucial role in the allocation of gas and kerosene subsidy to families, as the district administration is planning to use the card details to make the task manageable.

The data will then be used to transparently allocate gas subsidy in the future, and also to identify which families are eligible for kerosene subsidy. 
District collector Vikas Deshmukh called a special meeting of gas agencies and gas company officials yesterday and asked them to maintain a record of consumers’ AADHAR card details.

“Currently, many consumers are submitting Know Your Customer forms to gas agencies. We have asked the gas agencies to record AADHAR card numbers of the consumers, which will help to link gas subsidy to the card in future,” Deshmukh said.

The district administration has initiated a special movement for distribution of Aadhar cards, as only 35 per cent cards have been distributed till date in Pune district. “The major problem we are facing is lack of machinery, which is why we have placed an order of 200 additional UID machines. We plan to have these machines functional by the end of this month,” Deshmukh said.

The administration has set a target to complete 60 per cent distribution of AADHAR cards by the end of December 2012. “The state government has chosen five districts in the state, one of which is Pune, for speedy completion work of Aadhar card distribution.

The focus is to channelize some of its schemes through the AADHAR card in the near future,” Deshmukh said. So far, 44 per cent UID distribution has been done in PMC areas, 36 per cent in PCMC, and 30 per cent in rural areas in Pune district.  

Voter registration drive ends
Between October 1 and November 20, about 1.90 lakh new voters have been registered during the voters registration drive conducted by the district election commission. The drive concluded yesterday and the final figure is awaited.  “We will calculate the final figure today, but approximately 1.90 lakh people have registered themselves as new voters this year,” District Collector Vikas Deshmukh said.  

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