From today,you can enroll for your Unique Identification Number (UID) in Bangalore.Just walk into one of the post offices which have been empanelled for the enrolment. The project was launched by India Post,one of the registrars of UIDAI,at the General Post Office on Friday.
About 4 million enrolments and 18 lakh Aadhaars (12-digit unique number) have been issued in the state.From today,enrolments will start in a phased manner through post offices but full-scale enrolments will kick off in a months time once tenders are finalized.As of now,10 post offices in Bangalore (see box) will begin enrolment.
In Tumkur and Mysore,85% of enrolments have been completed.Now,we are moving to Gulbarga and Belgaum.It will start in Dharwad,Bijapur,Yadgir and Gulbarga and then roll out in Bangalore in a bigger way.Our target is to cover the entire population of the state by March 2012, said deputy director general,UIDAI,Bangalore,Ashok Dalwai.
Almost 20% of the total national enrolments has happened in Karnataka.Nearly 236 post offices across the state will offer this service.
Dalwai stressed that UID was a medium of social inclusion and providing identity for people who were completely left out and had no proper identification documents.Today,even if you dont have any document,you can at least tell us your name,approximate age,residence and gender and we can still enrol you.That is the uniqueness of this system.The capturing of biometrics through 10 fingerprints,iris scan,and facial photo can give us an accurate identity system.For the first time,a country is doing this and not depending on a system of cards, he said.Dalwai added that since the system doesnt require other background information like religion,language and others,there are privacy issues.
Things to note
The 12-digit number or UID will be used for improving other government services like pension,scholarships,etc.Dalwai said this would cut down duplicates and fake certificates.Revenue leakage due to this will be stopped.Therell be a parallel shift in administrative delivery, he said.Officials of UIDAI and India Post said while it was not mandatory,people who have some ID proof should bring those documents.Its to make sure the spelling of the name and the address is captured correctly.Also,the number can be linked to other government services,if the person is entitled to them 236 post offices across the state will carry out enrolment 10 enrolment machines in Bangalore
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HAL Second Stage General Post Office RT Nagar Rajajinagar Vijayanagar Mahalakshmipuram Basavanagudi Head Office Jayanagar Head Office Wilson Garden