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Friday , February 15 , 2013
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Unique ID in line of trouble

Long queues and verbal spat have become the order of the day at all enrolment centres for the Aadhaar card in urban Jamshedpur.

The gravity of the situation in an industrial township, where most people work in shifts, can be gauged from the fact that lines form as early as 3am. As the queues get longer, patience wears thin and heated exchanges often lead to blows.

“Enrolment officials open counters between 8am and 9am for distributing Aadhaar forms. On any given day, each centre sells between 120 and 140 forms. This leads to rush and chaos because the demand is more,” said Amit Roy, a resident of Post Office Road, Mango.

A delegation from East Singhbhum unit of SUCI on Thursday demonstrated in front of the district collectorate and also submitted a memorandum addressed to deputy commissioner Himani Pande.

“We want Aadhaar enrolment kits to be increased in the urban and rural areas. We have been told that only limited number of enrolment forms are being distributed every day at each centre. The machine and population ratio should be 1:500,” said Chandana Bannerjee of Golmuri.

East Singhbhum district project officer of the UID programme Priya Kujur said since the commencement of the Aadhaar scheme in May 2011, 4.72 lakh people had been enrolled in urban areas.

The city has an urban population of nearly 14 lakh according to the 2011 Census.

“We have 13 enrolment centres functional in urban areas with nearly 23 biometric machines. We have set a target of finishing the process by March 31. There have been complaints of dearth of machines and we have asked our private partner to install more of them,” the official said.

Additional district magistrate (law and order) Ajit Shanker, who received the memorandum from the SUCI delegation, too promised remedial measures. “We will hold a meeting soon and ask the private agency to increase the number of machines at each centres. We may also increase the number of centres,” he said.

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