GOI advertisements in national newspapers asked us to link LPG connections with UIDAI. Though I registered on the web, advertised as one of the six ways to link LPG with UIDAI, I heard from my neighbours that many other proofs and records are needed to be sure of linking. Cynically I visited the LPG distributor’s office – MM Agencies, Girinagar, Bangalore. Most of the government schemes are embedded with confusion. I found a frustrated crowd in the agency’s office. The person on the counter gave lists of invented requirements to the customers – photo copies of rent agreement, telephone bill, driving license … The list varied from customer to customer. One got different sets of requirements with each visit.
One point was clear to the staff – UIDAI card was not a proof of identity though the GOI advertisement declares it so. When I asked the manager, she confirmed this. They would accept even voter ID cards, but not UIDAI Card. I consider the voter ID cards in Karnataka to contain least authentic information. Even CEO-KA told in a meeting in June 2013 that polling booth officers were told during the elections in May not to rely on the data in the voter ID cards, but to allow citizens to vote despite wild differences between reality and records.
If the UIDAI cards are trusted even less than voter ID cards, this is sad. Well, I am yet to find a dog’s photo in voter list, but UIDAI is reported to have such records.