Times of India: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will soon tie up with housing societies for Aadhar, the unique identification (UID) card, drive. Over 7.50 lakh people of the nearly 30 lakh population have applied for the card till date.
Pune has around 22,000 housing societies and nearly 14,000 of them are registered with the cooperation department.
“The idea is to make the process easier for people. Though the exact dates are to be finalized, the tie-ups with housing societies will start by December-end or January. A meeting with agencies providing machines for the card will be called soon,” Pravin Ashtikar, election officer of PMC, said.
The response to the UID registration has been overwhelming. However, many people have found it difficult to register themselves because of the large crowds. “Some people have approached us saying that they had to stand in queues for hours to register. This tie-up with housing societies will help such people, especially senior citizens. Since the machines will be available at their doorsteps, working professionals will also benefit,” he added.
Ashtikar said that the drive had received a huge response in most parts of the city. The numbers of machines have been increased to deal with the huge requirement. The city now has 204 machines, as compared to the 187 machines in the early stages of the drive. Four agencies have been appointed for the programme.
“We are also trying to get some more machines which will help when we tie-up with housing societies,” he said.
According to the civic body, as many as 42 centres with 133 machines were set up in 14 ward offices from June. Manpower was increased to meet the target. The enrolment work will continue till March 2012.
Ashtikar said the civic body has already carried out special drives wherein the registration agencies provided machines to people’s groups and charitable organisations in the city.