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Aadhaar cards by March next

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Taking a serious note of delay, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed officials to issue Aadhaar cards to the citizens in all the 23 districts in the State by the end of March 2012, as the possession of these cards is being made mandatory for them to receive any benefit under government schemes like ration card, pension and Indiramma house.

At the same time, Dr. Reddy wanted all the estimated 3 crore people in the seven districts where Aaddhar Phase I was taken up as a pilot project, to be covered at the earliest. The districts are Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Chittoor, Anantapur, East Godavari, Adilabad and Srikakulam.

Reviewing the progress of Aadhaar cards distribution, a programme being implemented by Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) to assign unique number to every citizen in the country, here on Monday, the Chief Minister noted that 1.17 crore citizens had been enrolled in the seven districts till June 4, with Aadhaar number being generated for 28 lakh out of them. Following allotment of these numbers in Maheswaram mandal, smart cards with which one could draws ration etc, were being distributed to people now.

In line with the Central guidelines, a multi-registrar model has been adopted to implement Aadhaar in the State under which the enrolments for Aadhaar number and smart cards, can be made at any of the centres opened by the selected nine departments named “registrars”. The registrars are Civil Supplies, Women & Child Welfare, Rural Development, Social Welfare, Labour, Tribal Welfare, Housing, Minority Welfare and Agriculture. Banks, India Posts Department will assist the registrars while UAIDI will coordinate all of them. The Civil Supplies Department is the registrar for the pilot project, officials informed the Chief Ministrer.

Civil Supplies Minister D. Sridhar Babu told reporters later that as per the 13th Finance Commission recommendations, a sum of Rs 100 crore would be provided towards compensation against the loss of daily wages on enrolment day.

He said an Aadhaar Governance Award had been constituted to give first, second and third ranks to collectors based on their performance in improving the delivery system by using the Aadhaar cards, with a cash reward of Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 1 lakh respectively.

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