BENGALURU: Aadhaar enrolment of children below five years of age is expected to get a shot in the arm, as about 2,000 Android based tablets will be acquired by the State for the purpose.
The initiative has been taken up after Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issued directions to speed up the process. Officials say that the tabs will be acquired using funds from Centre for e-governance and the Department of Women and Child Welfare.
B M Vijay Shankar, Director of Women and Child Development Department, told Express that the process of acquiring the tabs was on. “We will be mobilising anganwadi workers for the process of enrolment. The details of the whole project are being worked out and the devices will be acquired shortly,” he said.
He said that the devices will not be used exclusively for the purpose.
It will used for other works of the Department along with it, he added.
Anjali Ellis Shankar, Additional Director General, UIDAI, said that the number of devices to enrol the children has been increased as there was only a limited number of such devices. “The drive to enrol children is already under progress. With the new tabs we are hoping to move a little faster in terms of enrolment,” she said.
UIDAI will target anganwadis with the new devices. Since the biometrics of children cannot be gathered, they will have to enrol
initially and submit biometric details when they are above five years.
“Biometrics of children below five cannot be gathered, as their biometrics are yet to take proper shape,” she added.
According to sources in Centre for e-governance, 2,000 tablets will be acquired in the next few months.