Aadhar enrolment centers ‘demanding money’ for cards

Aadhar enrolment centers ‘demanding money’ for cards

SRINAGAR: Aadhar enrolment centers in Srinagar are allegedly asking for money from the people for issuing the 12-digit unique identity cards.
Residents said that the amount, which the centers ask from residents, varies from Rs 100 to Rs 500 according to the status of the people.
They said that the senior citizens and elderly people, who could not move out because of health issues, have to cough up money for the enumerator’s visit.
At Community Facilitation Centre Elahi Bagh scores of people complained of paying money for the cards.
A resident, Ali Mohammad (named changed) said that one of his family members was asked for Rs 600 for issuing the cards by the facilitation employees.
“I approached the employees of private firm and sought an explanation from them for charging the amount,” Ali said.
“The enumerators swiftly returned back the money to hush up the matter,” he added.
Similarly, people complained that they had to face trouble while seeking the card because the officials claimed that their names were not registered.
Many people at different enrollment centers in the city had to wait for hours for their turn. “My children are registered but my name and that of my wife are missing from the list. I don’t understand how enumerators have filed the details of my children without mentioning the head of the family,” said a middle-aged, Jan Mohammad.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Lone was not available for his comment.
The project was started in 2009 by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to assign unique identification numbers to the residents.
The UIDAI has empanelled a number of enrolment agencies which can be engaged by the registrars for the purposes of enrolling residents for Aadhaar