VISAKHAPATNAM:Expressing his deep dissent over the delay in linking of voter identity cards with Aadhar cards in the district, chief electoral officer Bhanwar Lal has pointed out that Visakhapatnam is lagging behind all the other districts in the state in this regard.
Reviewing the progress of Aadhar seeding in the district here Thursday, Bhanwar Lal directed the officials concerned to complete the works by May 20 and create awareness among people on the importance of Aadhar linkage. He also told the district administration to provide more computers and operators to complete the process before the scheduled time.
Later, reviewing Aadhar linkage works under Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation limits, the CEO ordered the officials to deploy bill collectors and other staff exclusively on the work. Aadhar seeding was being taken up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, as per the directions of chief election commissioner, so as to delete fake voter cards in both the states. Once Aadhar linkage is completed, there will not be a problem even if the voter changes his address, he explained.
Earlier, Bhanwar Lal convened a meeting with the leaders of all political parties and requested them to cooperate in completing Aadhar seeding in their respective areas/constituencies. On the occasion, the TDP leaders suggested availing the services of fair price shop dealers, before 10 am and after 8 pm, to finish Aadhar linkage. While the BJP leaders suggested roping in engineering students, YSR Congress leaders stressed on the need to organise massive publicity campaign on Aadhar seeding.
Joint collector J Nivas, addl joint collector D Venkata Reddy, DRO K Nageswara Rao, sub-collector Prasanna Venkatesh and others were present.