By Nisha Das
Shillong/Guwahati, November 20: Few weeks back, a campaign was organized in Meghalaya to opt out for Aadhar card but, currently, only 15 % of the state’s population has come forward for enrollment.
The total population in Meghalaya is 32,30,132, where only 5,09,964 Aadhaar numbers are being enrolled, which roughly comes up to 15% of the population.
According to sources, around 1,202 persons have previously enrolled for Aadhaar but later withdrew due to the campaign of the Meghalaya People’s Committee on Aadhaar (MPCA). This further raised a question, and thus the officials of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) assured that the issue will be looked into.
The enrollment of Aadhaar card is important for both students and elders because the former might be deprived of their scholarship and latter of their pension.
The UIDAI official mentioned that Aadhaar card is of much importance as it is required for admission purposes for various educational institutions. Not only for students, the card is mandatory for job applicants as well. Plus, the Supreme Court has announced that now it is compulsory to link PAN with Aadhaar numbers.
He also added that the Aadhaar is more than a card in the form of digital identity for any Indians to prove their identity wherever they go.
The main motive behind the issue of the cards is to create a transparent India by getting rid of duplicate identities. Also, linking the bank accounts and mobile numbers to Aadhaar is to discard fake accounts, which will be helpful in money laundering, terror funding, and tax evasion cases.
As of now, Tripura tops the list; while Assam has the least number of Aadhaar card holders.