TMCNet:  Many in state yet to get Aadhaar card [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]

[March 01, 2014]

Many in state yet to get Aadhaar card [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]

(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Though Maharashtra has one of the highest registrations for Aadhaar card in India, with 9 crore citizens registering, hundreds haven't received their cards at their homes.

IT department and UIDAI officials insist e-Aadhaar cards can be downloaded and you don't need them delivered home. But agencies entrusted with the task of generating Aadhaar cards are supposed to send the cards by regular post and don't care to ensure their actual delivery.

"Private agencies are entrusted with the job of generating the cards, but the agency staffers just drop them at the post office. The cards are sent by normal post, not by registered post. Therefore, there is no guarantee that they are delivered," said an IT department official. The postal department too does not take responsibility for the cards' delivery.

State IT secretary Rajesh Agarwal said, "The e-Aadhaar card facility has taken off in a big way. It's as valid as the regular Aadhaar card. Everyday as many as 4 lakh people in the country are printing e-Aadhaar cards. Besides, the IT department is encouraging people to go for e-Aadhaar cards and, hence, delivery isn't a major issue." However, citizens have a different story to tell. Ghatkopar resident Tejas Doshi said, "I have not got my Aadhaar card and not even the e-Aadhaar card." Citizens fear the card should not be misused as not all places have the facility to verify the biometric data on it.


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