MANGALORE: Citizens approaching staff-starved Aadhaar card registration centres in the district have a harrowing time waiting for their turn. While people in Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will be given Aadhaar cards, those in rural areas will have to register for the National Population Register.
Additional deputy commissioner A Dayanand told that a total of 15 registration centres with 80 computers have been opened in the district to help people get their names registered for Aadhaar and NPR.
“In Mangalore taluk there are six registration centres with 38 computers. In Mangalore city, there are four registration centres with 28 computers,” Dayanand said.
Sumana Nayak, who approached the Aadhaar card registration centre functioning out of MCC Commercial Complex, said that she was made to wait for over two hours to get her name registered for Aadhaar card. “There is a shortage of staff considering the increase in the number of applicants. The authorities concerned have not provided tables or chairs for the people to fill application forms. There are no facilities for applicants to sit and no provision for drinking water,” she added.
Roshan D’Souza, a resident of Attavar, said that the district administration should open more centres. “More staff should also be appointed to solve the problems,” he said.
Roshan added that application forms are not kept in sufficient numbers at register centres. “I visited the registration centre along with my parents and two brothers. The officials at the centre gave only one application form for five of us. They asked me to take photo copies of the original application forms,” he added.
“I have directed deputy commissioner N Prakash to hold a meeting and sort all problems in Aadhaar registration centres. I have asked the DC to take initiatives to depute more staff and computers to ease the rush.” – JR Lobo, MLA, Mangalore City South
~ Vinobha K T, TNN