The West Godavari district administration has chosen five mandals —T. Narsapur, Jangareddygudem, Palacoderu, Undrajavaram and Nidamarru — in the district for launching a pilot project on seeding of the Aadhaar cards in the district, according to Joint Collector T. Baburao Naidu.

The Joint Collector told the media personnel here that more than 90 per cent of the enrolment process relating to the issue of Aadhaar cards was completed in these five mandals.

The seeding of cards involving the integration of the UIDAI (Unique Identification of India) number of the Aadhaar cards with the bank account number and the telephone number of individuals was in progress in these three mandals. He emphasised the need for bankers to accelerate the process of opening no-frills accounts involving the people who remained out of the coverage of bank services.

As per the latest census, the district has 39.34 lakh population of which 28.15 lakh were enrolled under the Aadhaar card schemes even as seeding was yet to take place in their cases.

The exercise involving the issue of the Aadhaar cards to the remaining 11 lakh people was undertaken in 15 mandals across district, he informed. Six private agencies were engaged for collection of biometric data from the people for creation of a database under the Aadhaar cards programme. In addition, the MeeSeva centres were also entrusted with the seeding programme.

Over 65,000 women SHG groups had opened group accounts in different banks which were to be converted into individual accounts, enabling the SHG women to be brought under the coverage of the Aadhaar.

Similarly, pensioners drawing monthly pensions, students receiving scholarships and the job card holders receiving wages under the MGNREGS programme were presently having bank accounts. These bank account numbers were to be integrated with their ration card and the telephone numbers as part of the seeding after their enrolment under the Aadhaar scheme, the Joint Collector explained.