Ahmedabad: At a time when the Narendra Modi-led centre is pushing for Aadhaar to be made mandatory for availing all the facilities and services of the government, banks asking their account-holders to link their accounts with their Aadhaar card to avoid getting their accounts suspended, telecom operators pestering its customers with messages demanding their phone numbers be linked to the Aadhaar and share trading, mutual fund and insurance firms too giving preference to the submission of Aadhaar as a proof, the government administration in PM Narendra Modi's hoime state Gujarat is yet to accept the viability of Aadhar as a valid proof.
Of the sevaral objectives of the Aadhaar, the most important one is its viability as a single unit, as any citizen possessing an Aadhaar card won't have to submit different types of proofs for different things and it makes things easier for him/her. The central government has preferred the usage of Aadhaar as the primary and most important of all proofs. But in Gujarat, the RTO (Road Transport Office) doesn't accept the Aadhar card as a proof of address and instead demands the applicant submit his/her electricity or telephone bill for it. Similarly, the Election Commission too asks for the submission of several diffferent proofs when one goes to it for voter registration. But when the applicant submits his/her Aadhaar as a proof, it refuses to accept it.
Those visiting Gujarat from the other states find it very surprising wwhen they get to know that Aadhaar is not accepted here as a primary document of proof. When non-resident visitors in Gujarat apply for a temporary permit for alcohol, their submission of Aadhar as proof is refused and the prohibition department demands for an elelction ID card or driver's licence to be given as proof. Non-residential Indians too were at first forced to have their Aadhaar cards made, but now such people are about to face fresh troubles.
The central government's Common Service Centre had facilitated Aadhaar enrollment at 1800 government and private centres in Gujarat, but last september, almost all of them were shut down by the government itself. This has increased the problems to non-resident Indians and other citizens as they now have no clue whom to approach for their enrollment with the Aadhaar. An official of the CSC agreed by the fact that the centres were shut down and this has increased the number of complaints registered by the citizens. Currently there arre just three such centres operational in Ahmedabad.
He added that the nodal officer has made representations to the state government several times to get these centres started once again. But the lack of communication between the state and the central government has instead led to shutting down of these centres, leaving citizens wishing to enroill themselves for Aadhaar in a limbo.