Aadhar Card has a new taker, Nagaland. The State has now come under the ambit of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for the Aadhaar enrolment exercise.
Nagaland’s Aadhar Journey
The UIDAI officials met with the Nagaland State Government representatives earlier this year. In the meeting it was decided that State Home Department will be the nodal department to overlook the Aadhaar enrolment with Home Commissioner as the State Registrar and all offices of deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners and SDO (C) designated as enrolment agencies. However Aadhar enrollment slated to commence from November 1 is yet to kick off.
The biometric data collection exercise started off in 2010, with subsequent phases in 2012-13 and 2013-14. However, due to low percentage of Aadhaar generation, the Government of India gave a 12-month extension period (January 2015-December 2015), which was extended for another 3 months (January-March 2016).
At present, Nagaland’s population stands at 19.78 lakh according to 2011 Census. But Aadhar enrollment stands at 11.08 lakh. The transition however is expected to speed up the process. While the rest of the states in India come under UIDAI for the Aadhaar exercise, ten states including Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram were covered under the National Population Register (NPR).
Roadblocks along the way
However many predict that the enrollment exercise is likely to run into rough weather. UIDAI would be paying Rs 40 per data capture to the State Government. Of this, they later suggested a break up of Rs 20 to the District Administration to cover the expenses incurred, Rs 15 to operators and Rs 5 to the State Government.
The service providers argued that the per data capture payment was too less to meet expenses involving payment to technicians and operators manning the centres and decided to opt out of the contract and closed down operations in all districts, except Dimapur and Kohima, in December 2015.
‘In populated districts like Dimapur which can generate 140-150 data capture per day, the operators may be able to manage with Rs. 15 per capture. But in interior districts where data capture would hardly be 4-5 per day, it will be difficult for operators to subsist’, an operator said.