Applying for Unique Identification Card (UID) just got easier – Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a new online service where citizens will be able to book appointments for UID card.
This is really going to help lakhs of users across the country – Currently, users have to travel either to General Post Office or a UID center in their area and book appointments. However, majority of them do not know the addresses or the numbers of UID centers.
Although, the news says, it is available only in Chandigarh currently, it seems that more states and centers are being added constantly. Many towns / cities in Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi are listed.
If you are one of the states above, head to http://appointments.uidai.gov.in/ and book a appointment online as per your convenience. If your area is not listed, you may want to wait for some more time as UIDAI is adding new states and cities continuously.
The response to UID registrations till now has been quite luke-warm at best and one of the main reasons has been accessibility to UID centers. But with this new initiative, things may change. It is important though that online appointments should be extended to more cities faster!
On a side note – I fail to understand why Government agencies can’t design user friendly & good looking forms. Every Government registration form I have seen are so badly designed that sometimes they are nearly un-usable. It is not rocket science – why they can’t do it…God only knows! And one more thing – visit the site and you will see that it has been optimized for 1366X768 resolution. Who in the hell uses that resolution and why would you design it for just a tiny percentage of people is just beyond me…
This online appointment should have been launched earlier itself – But better late than never! what say?