Aadhaar Enrollment Only At Govt Premises; Private Operators Pulled Out!
Ever since the concept of Aadhaar Card came into existence, Govt. had allowed entrepreneurs to set up ‘Aadhaar enrolment centres’ all across India, wherein Indian citizens can sign-up for Aadhaar.
These private enrollment centres were equipped with cameras, fingerprint scanning devices and other equipment to issue Aadhaar card.
But not anymore.
In a sweeping change, The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI, the authority managing Aadhaar card expansion and execution in India, has asked all State Governments to undertake the responsibility of Aadhaar enrolment.
Does this mean that private Aadhaar enrolment centres are not out of business? More on this later.
Aadhaar Goes Out Of Private Players’ Control
Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the UIDAI CEO, has written to all State Governments to identify locations under Govt. supervision, which can be used as Aadhaar enrolment centres.
This means that Govt. buildings and premises such as block offices, taluk offices, district collectorates, Zilla Parishad offices, municipal offices etc would be now used as Aadhaar enrolment centres.
There are around 25,000 such private Aadhaar enrolment centers in India right now, and the plan is to bring them all under direct control of Govt.
As per the directive shared by UIDAI, every State Govt. must recruit their own operators, or take assistance from UIDAI’s empanelled enrolment agencies for implementing the same.
Latest by August 31, 2017, this shifting of Aadhaar enrolment centers to Govt. premises should be completed. By July 31st, 2017, State Govts need to identify such premises where Aadhaar enrolment can start.
Why UIDAI Took This Step?
As per available information, UIDAI observed that there were several issues related to Aadhaar enrolment by private companies.
Citizens couldn’t locate the premises, is one of the reasons. Besides, UIDAI received complaints about over-charging as well.
Pandey said, “There are times when people find it difficult to locate enrolment centres and many times they complain to us. Or they may go to a centre and find it closed. At times, there are complaints of overcharging,”
So, the private players who had opened Aadhaar enrolment centers, have now two options: Either submit themselves under Govt. control, by shifting their centers to Govt. premises, or close down.
UIDAI CEO said, “Private entrepreneurs will have to find supervised premises or they have to close down business.”
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