We are the people from a small town named Jori, in the state of Jharkhand. We are struggling to enrol for a new Aadhaar card and update information in the existing ones because there is no Aadhaar enrollment centre in our town. The population of our town is approximately eight thousand and our town has a post office and a few banks, where hundreds of people interact daily and avail their services.
As we are all aware that without an Aadhaar number a person seems like he doesn’t even live in India. But holding Aadhaar means we have to link everything with our Aadhaar number. But just in case if we don’t have Aadhaar-
1. We can’t open a bank account.
2. We can’t enrol for PAN.
3. We can’t buy a SIM card etc.
In short, a common man’s life becomes more difficult life without an Aadhaar card. And it gets more inconvenient when there is no Aadhaar enrollment centre in his/her village or town. In our town, we don’t have any Aadhaar enrollment centre, and nearest enrollment centres are too far; a person has to travel 20-30 kilometres to update their Aadhaar card, and this sometimes wastes the entire day for the person. Those working on a daily wage cannot afford to waste their time.
Hence, I request UIDAI to open an Aadhaar enrollment centre either based on population or other forms of division. There should be at least one Aadhaar enrolment centre for a population of 10 thousand. Also, I would like to bring to your kind notice that some Aadhaar enrollment centres are charging wilful amount to enrol for a new Aadhaar card or make any update an existing one. I heard from some people that they are charging ₹150-250, which is unacceptable. But the maximum charge which UIDAI proposed is far less than the amount collected by the centre.
This is not only the story of our town, but an issue that every small town and village in India is facing. I wrote this article to seek your help and support to bring this issue to the attention of UIDAI, and let them know how civilians are struggling with their services. I hope and expect UIDAI will take necessary actions and make their service easily accessible to every citizen and also take strict measures against centres that are charging more than proposed fees.