Amid protests from the opposition, particularly Trinamool, the Centre has decided to roll back its decision to make the Aadhaar card mandatory for availing DBT (direct benefit transfer) like subsidised LPG, public distribution system (PDS) supplies, scholarships and pensions after August 31.
With nearly 22% population yet to have a Unique Identification Number, the state is among the worst as Aadhaar card is concerned.
According to officials, though the deadline is only a day ahead, there has not been any communication from the Centre, making it obvious that it doesn’t want to go in for a direct confrontation on the issue.
“The Aadhaar deadline was August 31 and if the central government wanted to make Aadhaar mandatory for DBT, it would have sent a letter at least 15 days back.They have not even communicated to us over phone on the issue, so it seems they are likely to extend the deadline.We will have to wait for their letter to know the new deadline,“ a senior said.
All states will have to complete their Aadhaar enrollment before August 31.
When states like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have completed more than 95% enrolment, West Bengal has been able to complete only 78%.According to the latest data, only 75,467,010 people in West Bengal have Aadhaar cards out of the total population of 96,622,186, leaving 21,155,176 without the card.
Bartaman Patrika epaper 31-08-2016: http://epaper.prabhatkhabar.com