The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) announced that it had generated two crore Aadhaar numbers in Bihar which is around one fifth of the state’s total population.
According to a UIDAI official, “While pursuing the mandate of universal coverage across the country, the UIDAI has so far generated over 2 crore Aadhaar numbers in Bihar out of its total population of 10.41 crore (as per census 2011).”
He further added, “Enrolling the residents at a fast pace, over 50 percent of population have been covered in Kishanganj and Arwal, i.e. one out of every two residents in these districts has Aadhaar number.”
As per the official about 1.5 lakh residents are being enrolled each day through 3,236 active enrolment stations deployed in 37 districts. A total of 44 enrolment agencies under nine non-state registrars (NSRs) are working in Bihar, and the pace of enrolments is likely to gain further momentum with engagement of enrolment agencies by the state registrar, i.e. rural development department of the state government.
“Over 2 crore Aadhaar card holders in Bihar can now avail many services as opening a bank account, obtaining a sim card, a PAN card, an LPG connection, etc. For the benefit of residents and institutions/agencies alike, more services are likely to be available using the Aadhaar platform in the coming days,” the officer said.
The UIDAI has, till date, issued over 70.8 crore Aadhaar numbers in country. Nine states/UTs, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have crossed 90 percent Aadhaar coverage, while a further seven states/UTs have Aadhaar coverage between 75 and 90 percent.