CHENNAI: With the New Year deadline for LPG customers to link their accounts with Aadhaar numbers for the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL)fast-approaching, the Chennai Corporation’s zonal and unit offices are witnessing an eight-fold increase in the number of Aadhaar applicants.
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According to zonal officials, the demand has risen considerably over the last couple of days, with nearly 400 applicants approaching their offices in a day. This, say officials, was steep considering there used to be less than 50 applicants on any given day so far. At these offices, confusion seemed to be the order of the day, as officials could neither provide accurate information about the procedure nor seemed to be in a mood to respond to the queries of every applicant, leading to frustration among the public. Besides, the forms seemed to be fast running out. “It seems getting Aadhaar is the only viable alternative as banks are refusing to accept the forms that link the LPG ID with the bank account. It also looks like having Aadhaar will save us all a lot of headache what with the government insisting on it for almost every scheme they promote,” said Krishnaraj, a resident of Ashok Nagar, who was queuing up at the Zone 10 office on NSK Road.
Directorate of Census Operations officials said that 51 permanent centres are functioning across the city to handle the rising number of applicants. Across the State, there are 470 centres, of which 440 are functional. “These include 15 in the zonal offices, another 35 at the Corporation’s unit offices while one centre functions out of Ezhilagam complex on Kamaraj Salai,” said an official.