Smart Cards For JK Residents Soon: Omar1 August 2011
Srinagar: The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Monday said the government intended to provide Smart Cards to the state residents to be linked primarily to Permanent Residence Certificate and secondarily to ration cards, MGNERGA job cards, SKEWPY registration cards, to make public service delivery hassle-free. “The ultimate linkage of Smart Cards with the Unique Identification Number ‘Aadhaar’ would ensure timely benefits to people”, he said adding it would streamline the services and improve governance. Rolling out Unique Identification ‘Aadhaar’ initiative at SKICC here, Omar cautioned against misgivings “likely to be created by vested interests” adding the card was a simple identification number not mandatory or compulsory to utilize. “It is an optional facility for valid identification for obtaining services promptly,” he said adding people had passport, driving license, state subject, voter cards, and it was up to their choice to utilize any one for identification and residential proofs and that Aadhaar was a similar facility available for them. The Chief Minister said Aadhaar would remove chances of having fake job, ration, identity cards and even ghost employments. He said UID would prove more efficient in ensuring benefits to weaker sections in Rural Development, Social Welfare, Health and Education sectors and check pilferages and protect privacy of holders. Terming it as an important step for e-governance, Omar said the state had to catch up with other states in e-governance. He asked the Information Technology Department to take more initiatives to universalize e-governance. The Information Technology minister, Aga Syed Ruhullah, elaborated the benefits of Aadhaar saying the initiative would enable weaker sections to get jobs under MGNERGA, obtain ration cards and benefit from social welfare schemes speedily. Deputy Director General, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Keshni Anand Arora, said Aadhaar was launched in the country by the Prime Minister in September 2010 and so far more than 1.77 crore cards had been provided. The UID project was envisioned by the Planning Commission to meet the growing needs. The Aadhaar is 12 digit Number to be used primarily as the basis for efficient delivery and monitoring of social services. The Jammu and Kashmir Bank has been designated as Registrar in the state for Unique Identification Project. The Chairman of the Bank Mushtaq Ahmad assured all possible service to make the project a success. The project is to be completed in three years. There will be enrolling agency to provide application, capture the photo, finger prints, and to send the data to the UIDAI for providing Aadhaar Card.