#India- #Aadhaar Roundup: Ration Cards, Govt Salaries, Passport, Direct Cash Transfer & More #UID


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By  on Jan 11th, 2013  | medianama.com

 

Mandatory Aadhaar?

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees have not received their salary for the month of December 2012 due to lack of UID card. The salary was stopped as per instructions from municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte and additional municipal commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar. BMC had asked their staffers to get the aadhar card back in 2011. However, BMC has now given them an extension of two months to get the UID card and have paid their salary for the month of December 2012. Read more.

– The revenue department experimented with mandating UID number or an enrollment slip for availing any of the 20 services offered by the revenue department. Read more.

– The Bombay High Court has suggested to the state government to consider linking ration cards with Aadhaar cards to tackle the menace of bogus and duplicate ration cards. Read more.

– The Ministry of External Affairs has advised all Passport Issuing Authorities to accept Aadhaar letter as Proof of Address and Photo identity. The ministry hopes this will makes passport documentation less cumbersome. Read more.

Reliability Issues

– Strangely, people are receiving Aadhaar cards for a second time, despite already having received them earlier: fourteen branch post offices in Garladinne mandal have received a bunch of Aadhaar cards second time. Read more.

– The exercise to collect Biometric details including photograph, fingerprints and iris scan  for the UID and National Population Register (NPR) began in Uttar Pradesh. Read more.

– Unique Identification Authority of India ( UIDAI)’s Aadhaar program will use Iris Scan along along with a finger print scan for authentication. There’s a risk of deterioration of beneficiaries’ fingerprint quality over the years, using iris scan and fingerprint scan will ensure accuracy. Read more.

Direct Cash Transfer

– About 2,000 beneficiaries were transferred an amount of Rs 35 lakh (Rs 3.5 million) on the Aadhaar platform on day 1 of implementing direct cash transfer. The program is aimed at covering 200,000 beneficiaries. Read more.

– CPI(M) has questioned the legality of the government’s cash transfer scheme, saying the law on which the program is based has not yet been passed by Parliament. Read more.

– Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh’s interview where he raises a question on why non-UPA and opposition-ruled states such as Bihar, West Bengal, UP, Odisha and Tamil Nadu, where poverty is very high, were excluded from the first phase of direct (cash) benefit transfer (DBT) scheme which was launched on January 1. Read more.

– Activists were skeptical of the government’s rush to link these cash transfers to Aadhar. They are of the opinion that linking of these schemes can cause huge disruption, not to speak of exclusion, of those who do not have Aadhaar numbers. Read more.

– The Government of India launched direct cash transfer in three districts of Rajasthan with the number of selected welfare schemes being scaled down from the original 26 to merely seven. Read more.

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– The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will set a toll free helpline, which will be operational from January 13, 2012 to address queries on the Aadhaar scheme. The helpline will be linked to data centers the UIDAI’s data centres at Greater Noida and Bangalore.. Read more.

 

 

30,000 passport applications pending- #UID #Aadhaar


30,000 passport applications pending

Regional Passport Officer Srikar Reddy (centre) at interaction meet at FAPCCI in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

The HinduRegional Passport Officer Srikar Reddy (centre) at interaction meet at FAPCCI in Hyderabad on Thursday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu

Delay in police verification creating backlog, says RPO

Close to 30,000 passport applications are pending with the passport office for want of police clearance. Delay in police verification is a major factor leading to pendency in issue of passports, Regional Passport Officer (RPO) K. Srikar Reddy said here on Thursday.

Participating in an interactive meeting organised by Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), he said police units in Krishna, Karimnagar, and Anantapur districts and Cyberabad commissionerate were completing the verification process within the stipulated time of three weeks. “We hope the policemen in other districts would also complete the process in three weeks and enable us to issue passports at the earliest,” he said.

The RPO had a meeting with the Intelligence Department chief on the issue and the latter had asked all the Superintendents of Police to expedite the process. Following these instructions, more than 30,000 applications were cleared, but pendency still stood at 30,000 more applications, he added. Another reason for the delay in issue was furnishing of incomplete details in the applications. Proposals were also sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to accept Aadhaar cards as identity and residence proof. “It is in final stages of approval,” he said. In case pages in a passport get exhausted, passport holders can apply for another passport by submitting proof of urgency and get the passport on the same day. They can also apply under Tatkal scheme to get the passport within three days.

The Ministry also approved setting up of PSKs at Karimnagar and Bhimavaram shortly.

 

Invitation – Discussion on Use and Abuse of Dalit Assertion on 1 May 2012


India International Centre
Working Group on Alternative Strategies and
Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adyayan Samiti

Cordially invite you to a Discussion on

Use and Abuse of Dalit Assertion: Micro to Macro – Maharashtra to Rashtra

on  Tuesday 1 May 2012 at 6.30 pm
at India International Centre
(Conference Room I)
40, Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi – 110003

Panelists:

 

Prof. Sushma Yadav, Ambedkar Chair, Indian Institute of Public Administration;

Dr. M. Sukumar, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, DU;

Dr. Milind Awadh, Associate Professor of English, Zakir Hussain College, DU;

 

Dr. RajkumarAssociate Professor of Political Science, Dayal Singh College, DU;

Dr. Y. S. Alone, Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU


Discussants:

Shri Rajeev Shahare, IFS, Joint Secretary(West Asia & North Africa), Ministry of External Affairs;

Dr. Doss Parimala, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, DU.

 

Moderator: Suhas Borker


The discussion is to be held in Conference Room I located above the IIC Library; 

The discussion begins at 6.30 pm and shall close at 8.00 pm.

 

Wheelchair access is available.

Bus Numbers: 047,052,440,521,522,526,580;

Bus Stops:  Get off at ‘Lodhi Road Xing’ or ‘Max Mueller Marg’.

Bus Numbers: 326, 344, 970, 994;

Bus Stops: Get off at  ‘Mausam Bhawan’ or ‘Lodhi Garden’.

Bus Numbers: 026, 048, 056, 408, 719, 734;

Bus Stop: Get off at ‘ Lodhi Colony 18 Block’.

 

Nearest Metro Stations:

‘Jorbagh’ on Yellow Line  ———–

‘Khan Market’ on Violet Line ——–

 

 

Jointly organised by India International Centre, Working Group on Alternative Strategies and

Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adhyayan Samiti


For any further information please contact:

IIC Programme Division: 24619431

Working Group on Alternative Strategies: 26259310/11

Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adhyayan Samiti: 9810041082/9811022844\


In solidarity

Suhas Borker

Convener, Working Group on Alternative Strategies

info.wgras.in@gmail.com

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