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District targets Aadhaar century

The East Singhbhum administration has planned an extensive awareness campaign on the importance of unique identity from January in a bid to achieve 100 per cent enrolment for Aadhaar cards by the end of the current fiscal.

The drive will be a part of the nationwide information, education and communication (IEC) campaign to enlighten the common man about the significance of biometric individuality.

Principal secretary of IT N.N. Sinha, who reviewed the status of the Aadhaar project in the district on Tuesday, observed that a sizeable chunk of the population was still not interested in getting their unique IDs.

“I have asked the district administration to launch the campaign at the earliest. People should be made aware of Aadhaar’s importance in terms of disbursement of government benefits on their doorsteps without any third party intervention,” said Sinha, whose department has been made the nodal agency-cum-registrar for implementing the ambitious project in Jharkhand.

So far, East Singhbhum, having a total population of 22,91,032, has achieved an enrolment of 82.28 per cent, much less than the state figure of 89 per cent.

In the district, 18,84,955 people have enrolled for their UID numbers, of which 8,16,763 belong to urban areas and 10,68,192 live in rural areas.

Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said they would first try to identify the reasons behind nearly 18 per cent of the population not opting for Aadhaar cards and then devise a strategy to launch the IEC campaign.

Principal secretary Sinha blamed poor teledensity (read BSNL network woes) and hence, fewer Pragya Kendras — that double up as Aadhaar centres — for the slo-mo project.

“There are only 45 Pragya Kendras in the district, mostly at block level. Poor teledensity is the reason for not opening such centres in rural areas. I have asked the administration to take necessary steps to facilitate these centres in at least 50 panchayats, out of the total 231,” Sinha added.

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