While Aadhaar enrolment continued to create chaos on Tuesday, one interesting fact that went unnoticed was that Hayatnagar mandal, which witnessed public anger on Monday, had actually recorded 95 per cent enrolment by January-end.
For a population of 1,06,430 in the mandal, only over 5,000 persons were to be covered in the second phase of the project — a number equal to the protestors that took to the streets on Monday!
According to official figures, 80 per cent of the population in the Ranga Reddy district had already been covered under the first and second phases of the project. Barring a few, municipal circles which are part of Greater Hyderabad have witnessed cent per cent enrolment.
Clearly, the present chaos has been more due to the February 15 deadline, than due to the sluggish enrolment, especially with regard to the city and its surrounding areas. The deadline of February 15 for providing the UID numbers to the LPG distributors has indeed been the source of panic, as only 26 lakh people have received their UID numbers so far, officials said.
With the Enrolment ID not considered valid for the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, consumers have begun to rush to the centres to repeat the enrolment.
Officials informed that for every 100 enrolments, there have been 300 rejections, majority of them due to duplication. This reflects the confusion among people who are repeating their visits to the centres, unable to understand what happened to their previous enrolments.
No cause to panic
Ranga Reddy District Collector A.Vani Prasad appealed to the people not to panic, as the LPG agencies have been instructed to provide gas cylinders even without Aadhaar linkages. She has also informed that the government has agreed for more enrolment centres in the district.
Meanwhile, Aadhaar card enrolment centres continued to witnesses heavy rush on Tuesday. Chaos prevailed at centres in Bazaar Guard in Nampally, Mehdipatnam, Borabanda and Amberpet, among other places after authorities failed to provide required forms. Arguments and counter-arguments between officials and applicants took place in a few places. Unable to grapple with the situation, officials closed the centre at Bazaar Guard. Almost same was the case at Mehdipatnam.
Senior officials admitted that there was shortage of applications and efforts were on to supply sufficient forms. A few days ago, 26,000 applications were sent to different centres in the capital but shortage of forms began when the demand for cards increased from Saturday last.