The state government has sought more time from the Centre for issuing Aadhaar cards, considering the growing worry among the people as the subsidy on domestic cooking gas cylinders is linked to Aadhaar. Public concern over the issue is evident from the serpentine queues at the Aadhaar card enrolling centres.
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, on Tuesday, urged the Centre to give two more months time for Aadhaar-linked subsidy on LPG in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts. At the same time, he directed the officials concerned to open another 200 Aadhar centres, in addition to the existing 210 in twin cities and Rangareddy district.
The chief minister asked the people not to worry as a favourable decision is expected from the Centre.
With oil companies fixing February 15 as the last date for implementing Aadhaar-linked subsidy on cooking gas, citizens have become a worried lot and there has been a heavy rush at Aadhaar centres.
Civil supplies minister D Sreedhar Babu, who had already written to the petroleum minister seeking extension of the deadline, told mediapersons at the Secretariat on Tuesday that they are expecting a favourable response. “I have written a letter to Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Veerappa Moily. As he is now on a foreign trip, he would make an announcement in this regard when he returns,” he said.
Steps have been taken for setting up more enrolling centres and as of today, about 40 percent of the Aadhaar Card enrolling process has been done in the twin cities and the remaining work will be completed within two months, he explained.