Shimla: An official spokesman of the State Government said that enrolments of people of the State under Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), popularly known as ‘Aadhaar’ would be launched by Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Himachal on 25th January, 2011 from Hamirpur. He said that ‘Aadhaar’ was a 12-digit unique identification number which the UIDAI would issue to all residents of the State. He said that the number can provide numerous benefits ranging from opening a bank account to having a mobile connection, disbursing pensions etc. and would also help to check leakages in the system.
He said that Aadhaar would be an online, cost effective way, unique enough to eliminate the large number of duplicate and fake identities in Government and private databases and it would be a random number generated, devoid of any classification based on caste, creed, religion and geography.
The spokesman said that the State of Himachal Pradesh had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Unique Identification Authority of India. He said that Principal Secretary, Planning was the State Nodal officer for the project and the Director, Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Himachal Pradesh had been appointed as the Registrar who would responsible for implementation of the project. The project was being monitored by the UID Implementation Committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, he said.
He said that for the purpose of enrolment, the State has been divided into four zones District Kangra and Chamba, District Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur, District Mandi, Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti and District Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur and Kinnaur.
He said that each zone would be looked after by an Enrolment Agency (EA). He said that enrolment centres would be established at panchayat level with prior information to the residents through information, education and communication. He said that each enrolment station would be equipped with a kit of two laptops, a finger print scanner, an iris scanner and a camera. The residents are advised to bring either voter card, Ration Card, PAN card, Driving License, Bank Account Pass book, LPG book, NREGA job card and a copy of the receipt of National Population Register. For any query one could call the toll free contact centre of UIDAI at 18001801947, said he.
He said that Himachal Pradesh had emerged as one of the foremost State to ensure quality of data for sustainability. Not only this, it has become the leading State in the Region and physically started the enrolments of verifiers w.e.f. 13th December, 2010, who in turn will verify the proof of address and proof of identity of all those residents who do not possess any.