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Aadhaar enrollment drive for students began in Assam’s Hailakandi district

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GUWAHATI: What is expected to provide impetus to Aadhaar enrolment in Assam, Aadhaar enrolment drive for students began in Hailakandi district on Monday.

The Aadhaar enrolment for students was launched ceremonially by Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education), RK Dam at a programme organised by Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyaan, Hailakandi at the Block Elementary Education Office.

ADC Dam said the state government envisaged the programme to help track school children so that they can avail the benefits under various government schemes.

School Inspector, Nazmul Hussain Laskar and other officials were present on the occasion.

The government has made it mandatory for school children up to Class XII in government or provincialised educational institutions for opening bank accounts. It has earmarked Rs.16.32 lakh for the Aadhaar enrolment exercise in elementary and secondary schools of the state for two months. The programme is being carried out simultaneously in all 33 districts of the state.

Under the enrolment drive, students of Classes I to XII will be covered under the Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan. “SSA will carry out the Aadhaar enrolment drive for all school children of all management schools, including private schools in a phased manner. However, the coverage of students will begin from higher classes immediately. Senior secondary and secondary students (Classes IX to XII) will be covered within December itself,” a government directive said.

The Office of Mission Director, SSA has instructed the Aadhaar enrolment centres to advise students and guardians from COVID-19 hotspots, home isolation and quarantine centres not to come to the Aadhaar centres for enrolment. “Children falling under these categories will be covered in a later phase,” a government official disclosed.

As NRC was underway, Aadhaar enrolment was low in Assam. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently asked Deputy Commissioners (DC) to engage more private vendors to carry out the Aadhaar enrolment expediently and remove those vendors delaying the process so that hundred percent enrolments can be achieved by the year end.

Saying that Aadhaar enrolment has become very important to derive benefit of the central government schemes, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to take steps to speed up the rate of enrolment as several districts have been performing very poorly in enrolment.

He directed the DCs to engage more private vendors to carry out the Aadhaar enrolment expediently and remove those vendors delaying the process so that hundred percent enrolment can be achieved by the year end.

He also stressed on the need to engage local youths in the process for creation of income opportunities while speeding up the process. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central government’s act of making Aadhaar registration mandatory for Central Government schemes, Sonowal said that it is a step to prevent middlemen from siphoning off money meant for the poor and he asked the DCs to give utmost priority to increase rate of Aadhaar enrolment.

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