It was a virtual scramble for applications at the office of the Mandal Revenue office here as hundreds of people besieged the Aadhaar card centre on Wednesday.

Over one lakh people are yet to apply for Aadhaar cards in the city.

With the Union and State governments linking payments under Cash Transfer Scheme and other welfare schemes to Aadhaar card, different sections of people, including a large number of women swarmed the MRO office along with their children at the only one Aadhaar card centre which started functioning on Wednesday.

Most of the people who had come taking leave from work to enrol their names returned empty handed as the revenue officials issued applications only to 300 families for registration in the next 10 days.

“It is possible to handle only applications from 30 families each day at one centre,” explained MRO P.V.Subba Rao. Six Aadhaar centres would start functioning from tomorrow, he added.

Registration for Aadhaar cards for those living on the city outskirts like Pelluru, Chervukommupalem, Mukthunuthalapadu etc., would be taken up in the second phase, Mr. Rao said. Meanwhile, Joint Collector P. Lakshminarasimhum appealed to the public to avoid rushing to the Aadhaar centres. The centres would run till all the people got Aadhaar cards, he added.