By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, November 27, 2019: Odisha has virtually created a record of sort by achieving 93 per cent Aadhaar enrolment, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

“Odisha has made appreciable progress in the implementation of Aadhaar enrolment. The enrolment achievement in Odisha has been more than 93 per cent against all India average of around 90 per cent,” Deputy Director General G Venugopal Reddy said on Tuesday.

The state government also has decided to open Aadhaar facilitation centres at hospitals and urban local bodies for the generation of the 12-digit unique identity at the time of birth and issue of birth certificates.

This was decided at the state-level Unique Identification Implementation Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary AK Tripathy.

Reddy also confirmed that the progress of Odisha in other indicators was also comparatively good.

Out of the projected population of 4.58 crore by 2019, so far 4.41 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated in the age group of 18 and above which is around 93.1 per cent of the projected population.

AK Tripathy also directed the nodal implementing agency OCAC (Odisha Computer Application Centre) along with concerned departments, to devise age-group specific strategies of live saturation enrolment and scale up Odisha to top five states in Aadhaar implementation.

Tripathy further directed to focus on Aadhaar generation of the children in the age group of 0-5 and 5-18. He also directed that Anganwadi centres and schools should be actively involved in Aadhaar enrolment of the children.

“The meeting resolved to link the issue of birth certificates to Aadhaar registration,” said Odisha IT Secretary Manoj Mishra.

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