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Aadhaar enrolment slows in Andhra Pradesh, could take months to complete

Aadhaar enrolment, the opening of bank accounts and the distribution of unique identity numbers across Andhra Pradesh could take more than six months to complete.

Anonymous sources have told The Hindu that it would take at least four months to complete the full exercise in the five districts where the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme was launched. According to these same sources, it will take a significantly longer period of time to finish the work in the remaining 18 districts across the state.

Enrolment continues to be an issue for Aadhaar distribution. As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, linking student scholarship accounts Aadhaar numbers has proven to be a more difficult task than originally thought, as progress has showed to an extent which will see only 25 percent of eligible students covered when the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme is rolled out this year.

Civil Supplies Department authorities have said that of the 85 million population in Andrha Pradesh, approximately 65 million had been enrolled for Aadhaar cards and about 52 million have been alloted unique identity numbers. Of this group, only 60 percent have received Aadhaar cards.

Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, the Delhi government has set up eAadhaar counters to distribute temporary UID cards for those who have registered for Aadhaar numbesr, but have not received cards in the mail. The challenge is that many need their Aadhaar cards to access government resources and subsidies.

In addition to problems with enrolment, the DBT scheme is also behind, having only completed half of the beneficiaries in DBT districts by the end of January.

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