Bhubanesewar, Jan 20:
In order to complete Aadhaar enrolment of people by March this year, the state government has decided to set up permanent enrolment centres (PECs) in all the block offices of eight districts by January 25.
The eight districts included under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme are, Baleswar, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri, Balangir, Subarnapur and Sundargarh.
The decision, taken at a recent meeting presided over by director, Census Operations, Odisha Bishnupada Sethi, was attended by the representatives of the Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and officers of the state Census Operations.
As decided in the meeting, ECIL would provide Data Entry Operators (DEO)s and kits in all the PECs. The Block Development Officers (BDOs) and tehsildars would provide infrastructure support for all the PECs in rural zones while the support would be provided by the municipal executive officers in the urban areas.
More than Rs 50 lakh would be spent on this account as the PECs would continue for at least four months in these blocks, official sources said.
The performance of all the PECs would be reviewed on a fortnightly basis by the Directorate of Census Operations.
It may be mentioned that chief secretary JK Mohapatra in a letter to Union Petroleum secretary on January 18 this year, had requested for the extension of the deadline for Aadhar enrolment from January 31 to April 30 for seven districts in the first phase and for three districts up to June 30 in the second phase.