Vasantha Natarajan (name changed) and her husband reside in JP Nagar and have heard about the Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) scheme. Recently, they saw a press report about the launch of the scheme for Bangalore in June. They are worried that because they were going to be abroad that time, they will miss getting their UIDs.
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"We will be out of the country for about 6 months. I do not know whether they (UID staff) will come again if the occupants are not in the in their houses when they visit", wrote in a worried Natarajan to Citizen Matters.
Natarajan’s worry is shared by many. For instance, voter roll enumeration in Bangalore has led to nightmares; people left out have not exactly had it easy to get into the rolls by submitting forms.
"I hope they have devised a system to deal with it", was his hope.
Citizen Matters raised this question with Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the UIDAI. "In a few months we will be having permanent ‘walk-in’ enrollment sites (like post offices, bank branches, NSDL outlets etc.) where people can come in to enroll at their convenience. That should take care of this", was Nilekani’s quick response.
P Prabhakar, Public Relations officer for the e-Governance Department of the Government of Karnataka, says that UID will likely launch in Bangalore after June 15th. Currently tender process is going on, to finalise companies that will implement the project, he says.
"We plan to cover much of the population within 6-7 months of launching. After this, permanent centres will be set up, wherein people can walk-in and register. Mostly Bangalore One centres will be designated as permanent centers, but this has not been finalised," says Prabhakar.
For registering, citizens have to go the centres to give their documents and biometric data, the UID will be sent to them later. Citizens are also free to register in any part of the country, and not just Bangalore. Currently UID process is going on in Mysore and Tumkur, and if people want to register from these districts, they can do that, says Prabhakar.
At the time this article was published, over 8.5 lakh UIDs have been issued in Mysore, and over 7 lakh in Tumkur, says the UIDAI website. Bangalore is next. ⊕