Pune: District Collector Saurabh Rao has warned operators of Aadhaar card scheme not to enter into illegal practices while helping people enroll for scheme.
After some incidents of malpractices by Aadhaar operators were found, Rao had conducted a meeting with these operators and had instructed them to keep away from illegal practices. Rao told reporters that one of the operators had created fake thumbprints and had used the same for multiple logins to extract money from people wanting to enroll in Aadhaar.
"The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is smart enough to catch the culprits. It keeps track of all operators and hence operators should work sincerely. Till now, 32 operators have been blacklisted for various illegal practices," added Rao.
Speaking on the number of Aadhar enrollment centres, Rao said that 231 such centres are active in Pune including 168 in Pune city. "We are planning to increase the number of such centres till 400 so that people do not panic. We have requested for 100 new enrollment machines from UIDAI and about 70 machines are in a defunct state. We will float tenders for repair of these defunct machines. Similarly, tenders for 50 UCL (Update client life) machine for the update process of Aadhaar will also be floated soon. Many people now want to update Aadhaar details and so we will keep separate machines for updating and fresh enrollments of Aadhaar," added Rao.
The collector said that 95 per cent in the city have enrolled for Aadhar, however, five per cent people are still to be part of Aadhaar. "Of the five per cent people pending to enroll for Aadhaar, 4.5 per cent are from Pune city. We assume these people are aware of Aadhaar scheme. Though it is not mandatory to enroll for Aadhaar, all government schemes are linked to Aadhaar now and so people should come forward and enroll for it," added Rao.
Of the 108 applications received for at home Aadhar enrollment, 18 persons have been benefitted by the at home Aadhaar scheme, which costs Rs 400. Officials will reach various schools and Aanganwadi for Aadhaar enrollment of students.