Kolkata: The West Bengal government has asked the nodal agencies, assigned to prepare and distribute Aadhaar Cards, to complete their work within February 28 next year.
“The deadline for completing preparation and distribution of Aadhaar Cards has been set on February 28, 2014 and this has been communicated to the nodal agencies assigned to do it,” state secretariat sources said here yesterday.
Earlier, State Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee convened a meeting with the nodal agencies like ECIL and ITI at the state secretariat to assess the progress of works for Aadhaar Cards in the state.
Giving a break up, the sources said that the work for Aadhaar Cards have to be completed within October 31 this year in the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, Kolkata, Bankura, South Dinajpur, Coochbehar and Malda. The last date for its completion has been set on December 31 this year in the districts of Birbhum, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Purulia and Jalpaiguri.
The last for this has been fixed on February 28, 2014 in Burdwan, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Nadia and Darjeeling districts.
The IT companies, among others, the ECIL and ITI, have been asked to expedite their works in this regard keeping eyes on the respective deadlines in different districts. Speaking about progress of the work, the sources said that 50 per cent of works have been done so far in the entire state.
While progress of works in the state was best in Howrah and Hooghly districts with 83.9 per cent and 79.1 per cent respectively, it was lowest in North Dinajpur with only 8.3 per cent. In Kolkata the progress was 66.3 per cent, the sources said.
Steps were also being taken for e-Aadhaar card facility to download copy of this card by any card-holder from any part of the country, the sources said.