After intervention of the State government, the Central government has given nod to resumption of operations of Aadhaar enrollment centres in Jammu and Kashmir which were closed a few months back leaving people high and dry.
The move of the central government to close enrollment centres had drawn flak, as the officials claim that around 10 percent of the population in JK still are without Aadhaar cards in Kashmir, while lakhs of people have certain corrections to make in their biometric cards which is impossible without the Aadhaar enrollment centres.
A senior Information Technology department official said that the state government through Chief Secretary and other top level officials had taken up the issue of closure of Aadhaar Enrollment centres with central government.
He said enrollment process was stalled by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and subsequently handed over collection of biometric data to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
"However after our pursuance, the central government has given nod to resumption of operations of enrollment centres and handed over the project to the UIDAI," he said adding that they will soon resume their operations.
Joint Director (Census Operations, J&K), NPR J&K State head Surinder Bhat said the modalities between state government and UIDAI have already been finalized for resumption of Aadhaar centres.
"Now there is certain calibrations needed to be done and hopefully by January 1 all the enrollment centres will be operational," Bhat said.
To mention, Registrar General of India which overlooks recording of biometric details in India had asked the state government to stop operation of all enrollment centres as well as other types of centres established in government offices across JK.
"There were 344 ECs operating across the state whose primary job was to generate Aadhaar cards and also rectify errors reported by the people who have already received NPR smart cards," said a senior Information Technology Department official..
As per the data compiled by Information Technology department, 90 percent population in JK were enrolled under Aadhaar; however there is still 10 percent who are yet to get registered.
Given the importance of the card it would be the 'lifeline' for any citizen and for his/ her unique identification as Indian national with unique number.
Sources informed that the Aadhaar enrollment was already late in JK and there are still good number of people who are either residing outside the state or studying abroad who are now coming forward for getting their biometrics registered.
As per officials there are 344 ECs were operating in JK under the supervision of Electronic Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), which had outsourced its operation to two local private IT firms.
To mention, the LokSabha earlier this year cleared the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016, as a Money Bill. The central government would save crores of rupees by routing government subsidies through the unique identification or Aadhaar system now that it has statutory backing.