Hyderabad,Andhra Pardesh: The confusion over the Aadhaar card only gets bigger. While the state government has announced that consumers of domestic LPG in the city can link their gas connections with Aadhaar just by submitting their enrolment number, the gas agencies are insisting on photocopies of the Aadhaar card before releasing the cylinder.
The gas agencies have made it clear that they will not accept enrolment numbers as they have no instructions to do so from the oil marketing companies. Lakhs of people who have enrolled for Aadhaar only recently and are yet to receive their cards are worried that they will lose the LPG subsidy benefit after the April 15 deadline if the Centre does not extend the deadline further as sought by the state government. Many people in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district, where the Aadhaar-LPG linkage comes into force, are yet to receive their cards though they people were enrolled two years ago.
Aadhaar enrolment agencies have been set up to cover each and every gas agency in the city encouraging people to enrol for their Aadhaar numbers. Enrolment numbers were issued and people were told that the number could be submitted to the gas agencies to complete Aadhaar-LPG linkage.
However, the staff at gas agencies will accept enrolment numbers only for ‘information purposes’ and not to complete the Aadhaar-LPG linkage. Consumers have been told to submit a photocopy of their Aadhaar cards after they receive them to complete the procedure.
“The Aadhaar enrolment number being issued to consumers is not serving any purpose. The staff at gas agencies says that there is no provision to complete Aadhaar-LPG linkage process with the enrolment number. They need the photocopy of the Aadhaar card as per the instructions from the OMCs,” said P. Phanikumar, a resident of Nampally.
With the April 15 deadline just a week away, consumers want the government and Aadhaar officials to immediately intervene and clear the matter with the OMCs and gas agencies.