Mee Seva and e-Seva centres in 5 districts to be activated to make Aadhaar numbers available to those already enrolled

Complying with a request made by the State government, the Union Petroleum Ministry has deferred the deadline for Aadhaar card-linked delivery/sale of domestic LPG refills in Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad (Urban), East Godavari, Anantapur and Chittoor districts as proposed on an experimental basis under the Centre’s Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, from February 15 to March 15.

A communication about the postponement, which was received by oil companies on Wednesday, was handed over by them to the State government on Thursday.

CS reviews arrangements

Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew reviewed the arrangements for issuance of Aadhaar cards to all people in these five districts before March 15 with M.V.S. Rami Reddy, Deputy Director General, Unique Identity Authority of India, and other officials here on Thursday. She sought steps to expedite and complete the work relating to issuance of Aadhaar cards as early as possible so that cash transfer could be ensured against LPG refills as well as scholarships and others to eligible students.

The meeting was attended by P.V. Ramesh, Principal Secretary, Finance, besides Sunil Sharma and G. Ravi Babu, Civil Supplies Commissioner and Director, respectively.

Activation of e-Seva centres

Speaking to reporters later, Mr. Ramesh said a decision was taken to activate e-Seva and Mee Seva centres in the five districts from Monday to make UIDAI-generated Aadhaar numbers available to those who had already enrolled themselves to get the cards. After coming to know the UIDAI-generated numbers at these centres, this category of people should furnish the numbers to their banks as well as the LPG dealers to ensure cash transfer from March 15.

Mr. Ramesh said there was no shortage of applications for Aadhaar cards, as they were kept in adequate numbers at Collectorates, Tehsildar/RDO offices. He said issuing of Aadhaar cards was a job being undertaken by the government at its cost and enrolment was possible only at designated centres.

He asked people not to be misled by middlemen and brokers who might visit heir houses with cameras promising these cards. He also asked them not to resort to panic enrolment, causing artificial rush at these centres.