40 lakh populace without Aadhar in J&K

Despite the decisive push by Governor NN Vohra, the ambitious Aadhaar project remained far from meeting its target of widespread coverage by March 31 this year, also impacting Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme that is based on it.

While Governor N.N.Vohra had himself set deadline of March 31, 2016 for enrollment under Aadhaar, the figure as per NPR Adhaar record remained almost 86 lakh. This means that nearly 40 lakh of the population is yet to be brought under its ambit despite end of deadline.

Admitting the number of left outs, a senior census officer, wishing anonymity said that they have also received reports in this regard and Electronic Corporation of India (ECI) may look forward to extend the deadline further for one month.

However, government official wishing not to be named said there was absolutely “no possibility” of meeting the target within deadline and the possibility of even being able to do so in one month also looks remote.

“Over 73 lakh people in the state have been issued Aadhaar cards while over 86 lakh have been enrolled for the unique identity cards and the number of left outs is around 40 lakh, and being a tiring job I do not think it will be covered in next one month,” official said and added however, to expedite the process for enrolment, the government sanctioned 133 additional permanent Enrolment Centres in addition to over 193 centres.

Meanwhile, as per NPR Adhaar report as on 15 March 2016, around 40 lakh people are still left out, despite the fact that government has made it necessary document for fetching services.

“The company who undertook this tender has also completed its tenure and the government is looking forward to extend the tender as well, besides extension in deadline, both ended on March 31, 2016,” official said and added that in the recent meet with governor, the officials were also asked to implement the DBT scheme on a priority basis with respect to key government schemes including MGNREGA, pensions, scholarships and Public Distribution System.

Out of total population of 12541302, around 8589318 have been enrolled, while as 7272668 have been issued with Aadhaar cards, while as the number of left outs remained 3951984. Giving district wise detail of enrolled population, the NPR Adhaar report suggests, Leh 80, 995 (61%), Kargil 94472 (67%), Srinagar 617, 839 (50%), Ganderbal 199, 017 (67%), Baramulla 686, 089 (68%), Kupwara 508, 626 (58%), Bandipore 256, 016 (65%), Kulgam 348, 774 (82%), Budgam 570, 528 (76%), Poonch 308, 363 (65%), Rajouri 394, 678 (61%), Pulwama 387, 763 (69%), Shopian 212,132 (80%), Anantnag 665, 365(62%), Reasi 234,359 (74%), Kishtwar 173, 080 (75%), Ramban 222,922 (79%), Doda 306,423 (75%), Udhampur 454,848 (82%), Kathua 452,382 (73%), Jammu 1, 148, 791 (75%)  and Samba  265,956 (83%).

The district wise number of Aadhaar cards issued remained Leh 81493, Kargil 92059, Srinagar 397801, Ganderbal 173958, Baramulla 574934, Kupwara 470451, Bandipore 229631, Kulgam 339557, Budgam 437407, Poonch 220131, Rajouri 250851, Pulwama 323694, Shopian 174532, Anantnag 602802, Reasi 222270, Kishtwar 135761, Ramban 201314, Doda 265522, Udhampur 349964, Kathua 421035,  Jammu 1064773 and Samba 242728.

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