Shillong, Oct 8: The Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Women Empowerment on Thursday expressed concern over the low coverage of Aadhaar card implementation in the state.
Committee Chairperson Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh informed that the entire state has only 32% Aadhaar coverage, which was a cause of concern since the government of India has linked almost all beneficiary schemes to Aadhaar.
She said that the public now fear they may stop receiving ration since the NFSA scheme has also been linked to Aadhaar.
Dr. Ampareen also informed that the state currently has only 304 Aadhaar card machines on the ground. “When you have a (huge) population… PMAYG, MNREGA, NFSA, and many schemes linking to Aadhaar, 304 kits will not be sufficient,” she said.
However, the GAD is yet to distribute 537 kits to various parts of the state, she added.
The Committee pointed out that these machines need operators to handle these kits. “Operators can be appointed only on the passing of NSEIT examination and there is only one centre close to our state that is in Guwahati,” she said.
The committee urged the state government to open a training centre in the state so as to ease problems faced by applicants.
Dr. Ampareen also said that the state has ‘networking’ issues and even after registration, people have to wait for three to four months just to receive their Aadhaar cards, which is sent by post.
She also stressed on the need for more offices across the state where people can register for UIDAI.