Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has clarified that February 15 is not the deadline for Aadhaar-linked subsidised cooking gas supply and appealed to the people not to panic.
The announcement came after an emergency high-level meeting at the Secretariat today.
The chief minister said the people, who have already enrolled and did not receive their cards or lost their Aadhaar cards, need not go to the Aadhaar enrolment centres again, as the system will not accept and register their names again. He directed the officials concerned to extend the services in 60 Mee Seva centres in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts in a week for issuing duplicate cards to those who have lost or not got them. Officials have been told to open 300 new Aadhaar centres in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district.
Reddy said that till all the people are enrolled in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district and other three pilot districts of Anantapur, Chittoor and East Godavari, the supply of subsidised gas cylinders would continue as at present. He directed that every week, 100 additional new centres will be opened. He also said that arrangements will be made soon for ceding of Aadhaar cards with the cooking gas distributors online and through Mee Seva centres. He also directed that Aadhaar cards enrolment should be completed in the next four to five months all across State.
Officials explained that, out of the total population of 8.5 crores to be covered in the State, 6.5 crores have already enrolled and the Aadhaar cards generated so far was 5.3 crores and only two crores remained. They assured that the enrolment was being done at a brisk pace.
Chief secretary Minnie Mathew, civil supplies commissioner Sunil Sharma, principal secretary (finance) Dr PV Ramesh, UIDAI DDG Rami Reddy, National Population Register director Anuradha, principal secretary to CM Binoy Kumar, additional secretary to CM Sreedhar, representatives of all oil companies and other officials attended the meeting.