Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 20:
The Election Commission’s nationwide drive to purify electoral rolls by linking the Aadhaar number with electoral photo identity card (EPIC) database has got a lukewarm response in Odisha capital as it is lagging behind the district average.
District administration sources reveal that around 76% people in Khordha district have been linked under National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) which began in the state on March 3. However, only 63% people have been included under the programme in the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) area.
“Barring Bhubaneswar, the linking process has been successful in rural areas in Khordha district where over 90% people have been seeded,” Khordha District Collector Niranjan Sahu said.
Various measures have been taken to make this programme a success in the district. Booth level officers (BLOs) and other officials have been engaged to make this programme successful. From July 1, four mobile teams comprising a cameraperson, an assistant and a computer operator each in a team would make door-to-door visit to the villages to include people under this programme, he added.
While special units have been set up at all tehsil offices in the district, the administration has decided to open two new counters in Khordha and Jatni municipal areas.
As many as six hoarding will be put up at prime locations in the city and awareness campaigns will be launched with the help of loudspeakers, he informed.
It may be mentioned that voters can seed their Aadhaar number with their EPIC data online through national voters’ services portal (www.nvsp.in) or by filling up a form dedicated for this service offline. The applicants would have to append photocopies of Aadhaar and photo identity card with the designated form while furnishing data offline.
Notably, the Aadhaar-EPIC linking project will enable de-duplication of electors’ database by weeding out the fraudulent (duplicate, bogus, ineligible and shifted) EPIC card holders.