For some time I have been observing lot of buzz around Aadhar Card that it is going to be the most significant card for many Government and Private services for an individual. But I didn’t care much and was in a dilemma whethere to take it at my native place or at the current location. Then came the right twist of enforcing strict rules in Gas service..etc common household needs. The local municipality has realized that many people are not taking Aadhar card seriously and so mandated it for Gas supply. This gave the first alarm and I was immediately looking for the procedure to register.
On an high level I understood that using Aadhar Card, the Government Of India is trying to identify each and every citizen of India on the likes of Social Security Number in United States. It was headed by Nandan Nilekani initially.
There’s a community hall in near by our locality and the Aadhar Card registrations were happening there. To my surprise, unlike other government works, this looked to be more streamlined and well organized. There were people at reception who were patiently clarifiying all the doubts a typical individual would get.
Based on the number of people in the family, they give the respective form. I took for 2 members, I and my wife. The form was very easy to fill and liked the way. The document proofs asked were also less, like one photo and one address proof. There are no strict rules though.
The most common problem faced by many tenants in Cities like Hyderabad, is how to get an Electricity Bill or similar bill on our name when we are just tenants. Aadhar card doesn’t mandate it and they would consider even if the address is not on the candidate’s name. Voter Card serves as both photo and address proof and if you have it on the current residential address that would serve the purpose of proofs.
Another common problem is, the husband would be having an identity proof and the spouse wouldn’t. Even in this case, the restrictions are quite relaxed and if minimum proofs are given they would accept. After submitting the form with the copies of proofs, they would give the time on when to come for Photo, Iris and Finger prints and return the forms to us. I liked this procedure of giving the slots for us to avoid infinite delays.
For us it was the next day morning and we reached sharp on time and could complete the process in just 10 minutes. Better be early on your time. They had arranged multiple counters for this and so though there were many people, there was not much waiting time.
Another interesting and quite impressive thing that I observed is, the staff were taking lot of care in taking the Iris and Finger prints correctly and so patiently were asking the individuals to pay more attention. After that they give us time to check all our details so that the frequent complaints on corrections of names and details can be edited immediately. In voter card registration this step is not practised and every second voter card proves to be errorneous. Appreciate the directions give to staff in feeding accurate details.
That’s it we were done with the registration and were given the acknowledgment. We were told that it takes atleast 45 days to get the actual card. The acknowledgement can be produced for Gas Supply kind of services.