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Hyderabad : GHMC plans Aadhaar with Birth certificate for newborn babies

Hyderabad : GHMC plans Aadhaar with Birth certificate for newborn babies
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Hyderabad : Telangana state secured a place among the top three States for Aadhaar enrollment with about 3.82 crore of its population among all States. To ensure that the Telangana People need not to visit the Aadhaar Centre for enrollment of Aadhaar number. Telangana Government to begin an initiative with the idea of issuing Aadhaar numbers to newborns at hospitals itself along with birth certificate.

The idea proposed by GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) as part of e-governance initiative, is still at efforts are being on to prepare necessary modalities in this regard.

According to Telangana Today article, Though government hospitals are excited about the idea ever since the successful implementation of a pilot project at Government Maternity Hospital of Petlaburj in Hyderabad, private hospitals are reportedly opposing the initiative as they would have to operate an Aadhaar enrollment centre along with necessary equipment.

Around 25 hospitals have been identified with GHMC limits for its implementation. GHMC proposed the project where Aadhaar numbers will be issued to newborn babies along with birth certificates and birth defect registration at the hospitals for free. “If succeeded, we will extend the project to Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation limits before expanding to other hospitals across the State,” official sources in the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department said.

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The project is a first of its kind involving various departments health, municipal administration and urban development, panchayat raj and rural development, IT and regional office of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and others.

It has been proposed to also issue a deformity certificate for those with disabilities and all three certificates Aadhaar, birth and deformity will be saved in a digital locker assigned to newborn babies. “This initiative would help us monitor health and vaccination of children easily. Further, we can ensure effective implementation of welfare and health benefits to infants,” a senior official said.

Officials said though the proposals have been prepared a couple of months ago, the final decision will be taken by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao soon.