Banks allowed to hire machines, staffers for Aadhaar enrolment

The UIDAI has provided some "relaxation" to banks in procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres, and hopes that banks will offer such services at stipulated 10 per cent of the branches "at the earliest", its CEO Ajay Bhush
Banks allowed to hire machines, staffers for Aadhaar enrolment
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The UIDAI has provided some "relaxation" to banks in procurement of enrolment machines and hiring private data entry operators for their Aadhaar centres, and hopes that banks will offer such services at stipulated 10 per cent of the branches "at the earliest", its CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said.

The Aadhaar-issuing body, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has allowed banks to hire private data entry operators and enrolment machines and expects the relaxation to speed up the opening of Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres at bank premises.

But the reprieve has been granted with the condition that banks will have to ensure proper supervision of enrolment and updation process within their premises.

"They (banks) wanted some relaxation so that they could hire operators for data entry, and also …Hire the enrolment machines.So we have provided them this relaxation. Now using that, they are going ahead and setting up the (enrolment) stations…They have assured that they will do this task as early as possible," the UIDAI CEO told PTI in an interview.

Until now, banks had to procure enrolment machines on their own and place their own employees for the job of data entry, he explained.

So far, only about 3,000 branches of private and public sector banks have opened Aadhaar centres within their premises as against the targeted 15,300 branches that are required to do so.

"The good thing is they are all catching up and they have started getting into this. Many of them have placed order on GeM (Government e-Marketplace) portal and they are in the process of procurement," he said.  

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