June 21: The initiative aimed at setting up Aadhar centers across banks and post offices is gradually approaching its target. Around 75% of the total target of Aadhar Kandras to be set-up has already been covered by banks and post offices.
Reports quoting Ajay Bhushan Pande, the chief of UIDAI, said that the achievement has come about in less than a year since banks and post offices were directed to setup Aadhar Kendras to facilitate the process of Aadhar verification of bank accounts. Accordingly, banks and post offices have collectively setup over 18,000 centres across the country till date.
Banks alone have contributed to around 10,000 Aadhar Centers of those, while the remaining 8000 centers have been setup at post offices. This is well in line with the target of setting up over 26000 Aadhar Kendras in the country; of which 13,800 would be set up in banks while 13,000 in post offices.
A specific deadline for achieving this target has not been mentioned although. But it might not take much time given the pace at which the centers are being setup across the branches. Mr. Pandey too has assured that the works for establishing the remaining centres are underway.
In addition to offering convenience to the people for verifying their bank accounts with Aadhar, the Aadhar Kendras also serves the purpose of bolstering the security and confidence of people. Mr. Pandey told that setting up Aadhar Kendras in credible environment has also assured quality service to the people in a secure manner.
Banks were also given a breath of relief two weeks ago with UIDAI deciding to achieve the daily Aadhar enrolment/updation target in a phased manner. The target of daily Aadhar enrolments/updations has now been reduced to 8 from the previous 16 for each branch. The target will be raised to 12 by October 1, and gradually to 16 by January 1, 2019.