J&K achieves 82% Aadhaar coverage

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Aug 10: Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 82% Aadhaar coverage with the enrolment of over one crore residents.
This was disclosed during a meeting convened by Secretary Information Technology Department Saugat Biswas, who is also the State Registrar for Aadhaar, to review the performance of the various Registrars for Aadhaar working in J&K.
In a presentation on the status and progress of Aadhaar enrolment in the State, Secretary IT was apprised that 7,30,540 enrolments and updations were undertaken in the last six months and 4,81,747 new Aadhaar were generated during the period.
Over250 enrolment centres under the State Registrar at various locations scattered in all the districts are engaged in enrolment and updation. In order to universalise Aadhaar in the State, State Project Director Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mission Director, Integrated Child Development Services and Indian Postal Department (IPD) and various banks had also been designated as Registrars for Aadhaar enrolment.
ICDS with 110 portable enrolment facilities,  post offices with 52 enrolment centres, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan with 50 centres and 130 enrolment centres in various banks are currently performing Aadhaar enrolment in the State, in addition to the State’s own arrangement.
Mission Director ICDS was complemented for efforts in door-to-door enrolment of 0-5 years old children for which tablets have been provided and Anganwadi workers trained. The ICDS has till date done 17,349 door-to-door Aadhaar generations with 110 active devices.
In the meeting, Mission Director apprised that ICDS is procuring another 1500 tablets for extending door-to-door enrolment of 0-5 years children. State Registrar Aadhaar, Saugat Biswas directed that the activation of all the procured 390tablets be completed by 15th August and 141 stationary enrolment centres be established by 31st August.
The IT Secretary set a target of 31st August for the Indian Postal Department to setup all the 87 enrolment centres targeted for them, in various post offices of the State.
Biswas urged the State Level Bankers’ Committee to open additional enrolment centres in Shopian, Kargil and Leh districts, in addition to opening their remaining target centres. With a view to fast tracking operationalization of enrolment centres the State Project Director, SSA will prepare a roster for enrolment in designated schools and move operators to schools whenever required.
Secretary IT informed that from October the paraphernalia in the State for Aadhaar enrolment might undergo a change, therefore adequate canvassing be done at the district, tehsil and village levels to mobilise residents who are yet to get themselves enrolled.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Director General, UIDAI, RO Chandigarh, Anil Bhatia; MD-ICDS, Veer Ji Hangloo; FA/CAO-IT, Kulbhushan Kumar; SPD-SSA, Tufail Mattoo; Assistant PMG, Postal Department, Javid Ahmad; Deputy Director, UIDAI, Kulbhushan Goyal; Sr. Executive, JK Bank (SLBC), Reyaz Ahmad  and other officers from the Information Technology Department.