Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 at 08:10:09 AM
To save the time taken by students to queue up for an ‘Aadhar’ card, a process that often takes over two days, the civic body has decided to make special arrangements for them in city schools, while prioritising students entitled to government scholarships.
The proposal, forwarded by Shiv Sena corporator Kalpana Thorave and Congress corporator Abhijit Kadam, was passed in the Women and Child Welfare Committee meeting on Wednesday. While the proposal asked for Aadhar card enrollment machines to be set up in all schools, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has said it will start by helping students who have government scholarships.
Thorave said, “We found that students tend to waste a lot of time while enrolling for aadhar cards – this is often not accomplished within a day. Therefore, we submitted a proposal to make separate arrangements in all schools for the enrollment of students.” Mangesh Joshi, deputy commissioner, PMC, is handling the Aadhar project within corporation limits.
He said, “We have prioritised the enrollment of students entitled to a scholarship under the State and Central governments. “ He added, “According to available data, there are almost 30,000 such students in the city.
In the district, the figure totals 70,000 students. The plan we have proposed will be executed all over Pune district. The State has given us a two-month deadline for this, and district collector Vikas Deshmukh has called a meeting on this issue.”
PMC officials are feeling the pressure as the State has set a December 31, 2013, deadline for the completion of all enrollment processes. The municipality needs a total of 951 machines to get this job done.