Kashmir shall have to wait for ‘Aadhaar’
Biometric data collection yet to begin in Srinagar
Srinagar, Jan 27: Although distribution of multipurpose ‘Aadhaar’ card has already begun in several Indian states, residents of Jammu and Kashmir will have to wait till the end of the current year, owing to slow pace in compiling biometric data.
An official Census Office here said that Hyderabad based private company Karvy, lacks infrastructure to expedite the data compilation process. “Some undesirable incidents at Kishtwar and other places also forced them to stop the process in some districts, resulting in the delay,” the official, wishing not to be named, said.
“The biometrics part is yet to take-off in Srinagar and will take some more time,” he said and added that under biometric data collection finger prints and photographs of individual citizens are currently being taken in Banihal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Kathua and Udhampur.
“By the end of current year every district will be covered. Persons above the age of 5 years are covered under biometric recording and it is a continuous process,” he said.
He said the process has been completed in Samba, Kulgam Shopian, Leh and Kargil. “The biometric process has also been completed in district Ganderbal except four villages as concerned officials have not given those villages proper PIN (ZIP) code,” he informed.
Pertinently, Government of India has made it mandatory for people to have Aadhaar cards. “In its absence, people will face immense hardships to get some of the essential services,” said an expert.
“The UID numbers, once in place, would reduce hassle of repeatedly proving identity by various documents to avail services like opening a bank account and obtaining passport or driving license,” said an expert.
Pertinently, the Aadhaar project was announced with much fanfare in the state in August 2010. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was the first person to get himself enrolled for UID as the project was launched simultaneously in four districts of Jammu, Srinagar, Baramulla and Ganderbal.
“But, till date nobody has been provided with the UID in the state,” official sources said.
JK’s Director Registrar and General Census IK Bhagat said: “The process of biometric data collection is on and would be completed shortly.”
He said the whole process would be completed by this year. “Our target for completion of process was March 2014. Due to some disturbance in some districts the process got delayed,” he said.