EPICs to be linked with Aadhaar cards

In an innovative project to be taken up in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) jurisdiction, the Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) would be linked with Aadhaar cards to weed out duplicate EPIC cards. Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal on Monday said the initiative, at the directions of the Election Commission of India, would be first such one in the country.

At a meeting with Collectors of Hyderabad and Medak districts and GHMC officials here, he said the project to link EPIC with Aadhar card was being taken up as the latter has been taken up more effectively in the country. Though door-to-door surveys were taken up for many years, the voter enrolment has not been up to expectations and to increase the poll percentage, the linkage scheme is being implemented, he said.

The CEO directed the Additional Commissioner (Elections) to take up a training programme for all the EROs and AEROs at Harihara Kala Bhavan on Tuesday, according to a press release issued here by the GHMC. He also instructed GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar to take up this innovative project in all the 24 Assembly constituencies of GHMC jurisdiction in a time bound manner.

Mr. Somesh Kumar said the existing electoral roll would be attended to for deleting the duplicate, shifted, died and migrated – duly linking up with Aadhar card database. Based on the information from the linkage, the booth level officers and the support staff would go for door-to-door survey for removal of duplicates and update the existing electoral rolls, he said.

Source: The Hindu

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