WITH PUNE district aiming for a 100 per cent Aadhaar coverage, the district administration is now gearing up to focus on the student population — aiming to cover 12 lakh student population and another 7 lakh population of adults who have not got their Aadhaar cards readied to achieve the 100 per cent target. Presently, the district has a coverage of 80 lakh Aadhaar coverage and with the population being 99 lakh as per the recent data, the district administration is taking all efforts to complete the drive at the earliest.
After having already crossed their December 2015 deadline, the administration has put in more machines and are reaching out to schools for this special drive. The administration has written to all the school principals to ensure that they place the machines in school and help complete the drive at the earliest.
While earlier, the district had only 184 machines, the administration has got fresh sanctions for 99 more machines, which will be given to schools to increase their coverage. Administration officials said that even as they have written to schools, they want schools to take the initiative and conduct the drive so that they can complete it at the earliest with the help of school staff.
While the district was earlier dependent on the 2011 data where they had to cover 94 lakh population, the fresh data issued by the census takes the total population of the district to 99 lakh. “We have covered 80 lakh and this is the last phase where we are reaching out to schools and the remaining population who have not registered. Earlier, there were some problems with the machines but with the fresh order of machines, things should speed up,’’said the district official on the issue.
The state is already leading in the Aadhaar drive in the country and last year, the state government had even drawn out a government resolution on Aadhaar drive for anganwadi children. The GR was then drawn out as the general assessment of Aadhaar data showed a dismal three per cent coverage in the district for children in the age group of 0-6 years and last year, they had teams dedicated for anganwadis. While largely government schools were covered, the private schools have not taken up any such drive. With new machines, we want the private schools to come forward for the drive.
The government has pumped in more kits to expedite registration in the state. Till December last year, around 10.21 crore Aadhaar numbers were generated which is 85.91 per cent of the state’s population of 11.89 crore.
The state is in hurry with the Centre keen to push for the trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile (JAM) to enable social security, delivery of welfare schemes and financial inclusion. The ambitious plan may have been slightly hit with some districts not able to keep to their targets but with more kits, the aim is to expedite registration as quickly as possible.