Punjab News Express/Y.S. RANA
CHANDIGARH : Chandigarh Administration’s efforts to enroll children below five years of age paid dividend as city has recorded more than three-time rise in the number of children who were enrolled for Aadhaar this year. As per UIDAI data Chandigarh has achieved 68.2 per cent Aadhaar saturation to such children enrolment which was only 20.6 per cent last year.
UIDAI nodal officer revealed that Chandigarh over 86.580 children bel,ow five years old and city has enrolled 59,031 children of this age for Aadhaar that comes to 68.2 per cent up to December 2016. Haryana tops the list with 74.9 per cent of children below five were enrolled for Aadhaar. Of 24.98 lakh children, state has enrolled 18.72 lakh children below five years of age for Aadhaar followed by Himachal Pradesh (59.1 per cent) and Punjab (54.3 per cent).
In case of Aadhaar saturation to 6-18 years, Chandigarh tops with 95.8 per cent followed by Haryana 91.3 per cent. Of 2.56 lakh children of this age group, Chandigarh has enrolled 2.45 lakh children for Aadhaar followed by Punjab and Himachal Pradesh with 88.7 per cent each.
All governments are on its way bringing offline services to citizen-centric services online across the country. The Chandigarh Administration has also done well in Aadhar enrolment of children below five years of age by taking up the tablet driven mission in a big way. To achieve the target, the Administration has decided to rope in all Anganwaris and schools in the city.
Moving fast on the matter, the Chandigarh Administration has put all efforts to bring more and more children under Aadhar coverage. The efforts seem to pay dividend. Chandigarh has recorded more than three times enrolment of children below five years of age..
The official of the Administration said that to achieve the goal in given time frame, Aadhaar enrolment camps have been put on the job to enroll below five children since September 16 last year.
Work of enrolment has been taken up in close coordination with the Social Welfare Department and speeded up it that resulted in more than three-time increase in Aadhaar saturation of children below five, said he. The step has not only assisted in monitoring delivery of all welfare and health-related benefits to an infant but has also helped in tracking the child from birth to immunization to school admission and drop-outs.
The Administration is all set to achieve 100 per cent enrolment of all categories for Aadhaar. The Administration instead of using the traditional iris scans system on computers and seeking other biometrics documents, the enrolment is being done with the help of tablets and photographs of toddlers by clicking and uploading them.
“While enrolling a child below five years of age, his/her biometrics is not captured. Instead Aadhaar number and biometrics of parents either father or mother is linked with child’s birth certificate,” said the official. Besides, it will be a tool to serve as data-base information of each child for timely and assured delivery of servicers, added he.
He further revealed that left-outs were mostly children in the said age group. The programme was not only covering the newborns but also children pending for Aadhaar enrolment. The are over 15 crore infants in India in the age group below five whose inclusion is essential to meet the target of 100 per cent coverage.