Though Dharwad is one of the districts where the Direct Transfer of Cash (DTC) scheme has been launched as a pilot project, the slow progress in Aadhaar registration has left the authorities worried.

The issue came to light at the district lead bank meeting held here on Monday. Pralhad Joshi, MP; zilla panchayat chief executive officer P.A. Meghannavar; lead district manager Basavaraj Hoogar, Reserve Bank of India representative R.P. Chaudhari, and National Bank Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) assistant general manager Y.N. Mahadevaiah took part in the meeting.

Mr. Meghannavar expressed concern over the slow progress in Aadhar registration in the district. He said the district had 2.9 lakh LPG customers. He said most customers had completed Aadhaar registration and got their Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts within Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) limits. The percentage of registration was low in rural areas. Officials failed to provide correct data pertaining to the progress achieved in Aadhaar registration in rural areas.

Mr. Meghannavar said only two months remained to complete Aadhaar registration for LPG customers. The customers would be deprived of DTC facility if 100 per cent registration was not achieved before the deadline, he said and instructed the bank officials to see that either the Aadhaar number or the National Population Registration (NPR) number of customers were linked to bank accounts.

New ATM

Mr. Hoogar said nearly 157 branches of various banks have no ATM facility in the district. Steps have been initiated to install ATM facilities at all these branches and ATM machines have been installed at 62 branches so far, he said.

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