Bhubaneswar: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Dr Saurav Garg said, “Odisha is a lead and robust user State of Aadhara data. Adhara registration in the age group of 18 and above is reaching cent percent. Dr Garg gave an overarching view on uses and utilities of aadhara, and termed aadhara as a “key identifier of inclusive growth”. He added that district level committees would be formed for monitoring the proper use and enrolment of aadhara.

He was addressing an workshop on simplifying Aadhara, held under the joint auspices of government of Odisha and UIDAI, here on Friday.

As another step towards good governance, chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra inaugurated the Workshop on simplifying the use of Aadhara held
Inaugurating the workshop, the Odisha chief secretary said,a “Simplifying the use of Aadhara accelerates ease of living while ensuring effective and accurate delivery of various public services”. He advised different departments to “have detail interaction with UIDAI officers in the workshop and get all their doubts clarified for enhancing the use of aadhara numbers”. He also advised UIDAI to keep on updating of the adhara data and biometric impressions periodically, more particularly the biometric of babies and children, so that the data in aadhara portal does not get obsolete in course of time. Mahapatra also emphasized on enrolment of the new born babies, old and infirm people who were not able to come over to aadhara enrolment centers.
Further, Mahapatra asked UIDAI to integrate Aadhara related services with Mo Seva Kendras ( MSKs) so that people in remote pockets get the chance for new enrolment and registration of required changes in aadhara data. It may be pertinent to mention here that presently 5923 MSKYs are operating in the State at Block, GP and Ward level. These Kendras are gaining rapid popularity, and the number of people using these Kendras is on constant increase.

Chief secretary added, use of Aadhara authentication in public distribution system, paddy procurement, farmer welfare schemes like Kalia, different types and scholarships, disbursement of benefits under various social security schemes in Odisha has yielded amazing results. Mahapatra also advised UIDAI to undertake intensive awareness programmes about various benefits of possessing a valid and updated Aadhara card.

Themes like recent initiatives for expanding the uses of Aadhara, aadhara and effective e-Governance, State initiatives and best practices, aadhara payment bridge, aadhara in direct transfer of benefits, enhancing aadhara enrolment eco-system etc were discussed in the workshop.

Development commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena presided the valedictory session. In his valedictory address Sri Jena lighted on the use of aadhara in enhancement of targeted and inclusive growth, and peoples’ satisfaction. He emphasized on creation of aadhara eco-system at the ground level through proper convergence.
Additional chief secretary revenue and disaster management Satyabrata Sahu, additional chief secretary water resources Anu Garg, principal secretary finance Vishal Kumar Dev, principal secretary agriculture Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee, secretary electronics and IT Manoj Kumar Mishra along with senior officers of various departments participated in the workshop. Experts namely P. Sangeetha, Amit Bhargav, Sumesh Joshi, Sudhipta Nayak, Ansuman Kamila, and D. Bhaskara Rao spoke on above mentioned themes.