Assam, which was yet to start Aadhaar card enrollment, has decided to start data collection from December this year.


Guwahati: Assam, which was yet to start Aadhaar card enrollment, has decided to start data collection from December this year. Assam is the only state besides Jammu and Kashmir where Aadhaar cards were not issued.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday directed the General Administration Department (GAD) that data collection for Aadhaar card should begin from December 1 and the whole process must be completed within a year time.

The chief minister has also advised that local vendors must be engaged in the process that entails about expenditure of Rs 160 crore for providing Aadhaar card to 3.18 crore people of the state.

Mr Sonowal also asked the GAD to undertake awareness campaigns through street plays and short films for making people aware about the importance of Aadhaar card. Meanwhile, Mr Sonowal has asked officials to start process of setting up a mini-secretariat of the state government in the Barak Valley.

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