Schools to have Aadhaar enrolment centers, soon

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Vijayawada: The state government is eyeing to complete the e-KYC process of children by establishing Aadhaar enrolment centers at schools. This comes after the civil supplies department extended the deadline for the e-KYC of ration cards till September 5.

Civil supplies department commissioner Kona Sasidhar on Sunday said that they have started collecting data for the e-KYC process to identify genuine beneficiaries. “The department is gearing to process ration card requests within 72 hours of receiving the applications using Aadhaar data. We have identified that many beneficiaries availing ration still don’t have their biometrics in Aadhaar. We have asked the public to complete the e-KYC but it was conveyed in a wrong manner,” Sasidhar said. He also clarified that the government is not going to cancel the ration cards. 

Sasidhar added: “We came to know that parents of school-going children in AP are facing problem in enrolment of their children. We have decided to establish enrolment centers in government schools and collect biometric data there. Two teachers from each school will be handling Aadhaar enrolment. We will complete enrolment of kids in three months,” Sasidhar said. He, however, clarified that Aadhaar and KYC of children are not mandatory for obtaining ration. 

Special funds will be given to the departments like women and child welfare to procure all gadgets required to complete Aadhaar enrolment in schools. 

Meanwhile, citizens alleged that Aadhaar centers were issuing only 15 applications per day which are delaying the process. “Government should at least give two months’ time to complete Aadhaar based e-KYC. Private Aadhaar centers are looting the poor and demanding Rs 500 to complete Aadhaar enrolment. Extension of deadline till September 5 is not enough,” said K Ranga Rao, a laborer from the city. 

Courtesy: The Times of India