Ludhiana, February 5, 2013: Aam Aadmi Party, Ludhiana today acted on the complaints that it has been receiving on its helpline numbers for the last 4-5 days regarding the making of Aadhar cards in certain areas of the city.
It was found that Rs. 200 each was being demanded from the general public by the contractors appointed for making of these cards in the Durga Colony, Sherpur Area 4 following which team members of the Aam Aadmi Party ward co-ordinator for the area Rama Shankar, District Convenor Harjot Singh, District Executive Members Sandeep Singla and Mohit Mittal visited the site where Aadhar cards were being made and found that while people with valid proofs were given flimsy excuses and made to visit again and again fruitlessly, those without valid proofs were asked to pay Rs.200 and promised that their Aadhar cards would be made. Even the forms to be filled were being sold for 10 – 20 Rs illegally.
The party release said here today that Rs. 200 was taken from Tara Kishore, resident of Village Achit Puri Post Office Sherpur who is a factory labourer but no receipt was issued to him.
Money was also demanded from a local shopkeeper Rahul Mittal, resident of Kailash Nagar, Sherpur and factory labourers - Sunil Pandey and Suresh Kumar both of whom are residents of the Sherpur Area.
When the people protested against this, they were allegedly beaten up and manhandled by the employees of the contractors, the release further said.
The Aam Aadmi Party will be meeting the Deputy Commissioner and Police Commissioner alongwith the Food and Civil Supply Officer tomorrow morning regarding this, the release said.
It is important to note that the Aam Aadmi Party had earlier in December 2012 also raised the issue of scam in issuance of Aadhar cards and had caught the officials red handed in the Dhandari Area. A complaint was lodged and memorandum handed to the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari but sadly no action has been taken so far, regretted the party.
The Aam Aadmi party believes that every Aadhar card camp should have sign boards saying that Aadhar cards are to be issued free of cost and a helpline number should be publicised for any complaints to be lodged if anyone demands money for issuing them. They also found that the Local Councillors of the areas in which such incidents are occurring are also not properly supervising the work and hence the contractors are able to fleece the general public.
Same complaints are being received from Deep Nagar, Sherpur and Lawman Colony, Giaspura.