Punjab’s Aadhaar journey

Punjab is one of the forerunners to create a repository of Residents’ Aadhaar Demographic information called State Resident Data Hub (SRDH) created to assist line departments in Aadhaar enablement. Currently departments such as education, revenue, transport and food are working for Aadhaar enablement of their services.  Tech savvy Punjab people have come forward in a big way to get access to the new schemes and e-governance.

Punjab’s Aadhaar journey

In Punjab the Aadhaar journey got wings on 23rd June 2010 with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Punjab and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that flagged State vide Aadhaar Enrolments. During the first phase of enrolments, state achieved the man month target of enrolling more than one crore residents engaging State as well as non-state machinery. The Phase II commenced in March, 2012 with more than 500 State and Non State Registrar enrolment stations operating to capacity with a target to enrol the entire state by Feb 2014. November 2013 the total site enrolments stand close to 90% of targeted population. Foreseeing the ongoing enrolments to reach saturation gradually, 737 permanent enrolment centres are being set up to benefit the left out population which will also help finish the left out enrolments.

Punjab has always been in the forefront of adopting new technologies and newer things. Little doubt that Punjab has lapped up this scheme. Total enrolled population in Punjab is 2,50,91,071 crores.  To utilise the available resources, the Punjab government has engaged all available resources to reach out to people for 100 per cent inclusion under the scheme.

In Punjab Suwidha Centres with their network spanned across the state geography, have been further engaged for the delivery of e-Aadhaar to ensure easy access to Aadhaar services to the common man.  This has ensured that the citizens get the Aadhar Cards on time and without any doubts of delivery.  It for record that the Government of India has setup Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) with the mandate of providing a unique identity (Aadhaar) number to all residents of India. Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is issuing for all residents in India. The number is stored in a centralized database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual.

A portal for citizens

For Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) where Aadhaar forms the core engine, Punjab has lead the chart at national level by benefit transfers to Aadhaar linked bank accounts through various Govt. Schemes. The UID Punjab has also developed a web based portal to assist in the smooth implementation of (DBT) schemes in Punjab. The portal will standardize the process for the fulfilment of pre-requites for the execution DBT transfers. In Punjab the project is implemented by Registrar, UID Project, and Department of Food and Civil Supplies Punjab. UIDAI proposes on-line identity authentication which have the potential to bring about the transformation in the method of service delivery.

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