Aadhaar Enrollment is not Mandatory in Meghalaya-CM Mukul Sangma

meghalaya assembly winter session

Story highlights

  • CM Sangma announces Aadhar Enrollment is not mandatory in the state
  • This process is voluntary in Meghalaya, says the CM
  • The Aadhar project is least successful in Meghalaya and Assam

The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma has recently announced that the enrollment process of Aadhar is not mandatory, but voluntary to the populace of the state. He made this announcement on the last day of Winter session of Meghalaya Assembly.

The state govt is working towards Complete Clarity

The Chief Minister Mukul Sangma was present during the last day of the winter session on Thursday where he replied to many queries by the opposition and others.

He during this session also announced that the process of Aadhar Enrollment is not a compulsion for the people of the state, it is rather a choice.

Replying to queries during the winter session of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Dr. Sangma said that with the implementation of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), it is pertinent for beneficiaries to get their names enrolled for Aadhaar since no payment can be made without linking their Aadhaar with their bank accounts.

CM Sangma also admitted that there is a lot of confusion amongst the people and reiterated that to clear the air of confusion. And the state government has taken up the matter with the Central government and is continuing to seek clarity on the matter.

“We will ask for complete clarity since the region is seized with different problems like insurgency and influx,” said the Chief Minister adding that the ‘Aadhaar registration is not mandatory but voluntary’.

As per the information, The Aadhaar project of enrolling citizens has been least successful in the states of Meghalaya and Assam.

The data recorded under UIDAI website, both the states have the lowest Aadhaar saturation rates-14.3 percent and 7.1 percent, respectively.

Last month, the Meghalaya Peoples Committee on Aadhaar which includes representatives of the powerful Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), civil society collective Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR), as well as other individuals and organizations led a campaign to ‘opt out of Aadhaar’.

In the row, over 200 individuals-all of whom have been assigned unique identification numbers — signed up for a campaign to “opt out” of Aadhaar.

In letters written to the UIDAI, they have stated that they no longer consent to be registered on the Aadhaar database.

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