Assam starts free Aadhaar enrollment for school students
The Assam government has issued free Aadhaar cards to the students of classes one to twelve across 27 districts of the state from Monday.
The process of Aadhaar enrollment for students between the age group of six and eighteen years is being carried out under the aegis of the state education department.
In Guwahati, Kamrup metro Deputy Commissioner, Biswajit Pegu launched the programme at the Kamrup Academy Higher Secondary School in the presence of principal secretary, education department, B. Kalyan Chakraborty.
The initiative will benefit students to open bank accounts, which the government has made mandatory for all students from classes one to twelve in government and provincialised institutions of Assam.
While nearly 100 Aadhaar centres are currently functioning in Kamrup Metro, the Deputy Commissioner informed that the administration was trying to make 200 Aadhaar centres operational in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner also said that along with the students, parents could also avail the facility, which is absolutely free, and that he expected the enrollment process of all citizens of the district to be completed by March next year.
He warned that action would be taken against those charging money for the enrolment if the issue was brought to the notice of the administration.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)