A Complete Guide on Aadhaar

The Government of India has created a Unique Identification system –  Aadhar. The Aadhaar is biometric based 12 digits Unique Identification number to help identify every resident of India that can be used in both offline and online mode.

Purpose and Uses of Aadhaar

The government started using Aadhar for beneficiary authentication in various schemes and subsidies. With the passage of time, the necessity to have Aadhaar card has effectively increased. The E-aadhaar has officially become a digital government ID proof to be used anywhere and at any counter. The aadhaar can also be used to obtain many government services like VoterID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card and other services.

The Features of Aadhaar are not just limited to these uses but can also be used for opening bank account, on spot activation of mobile SIM and avail pension services (Jeevan Praman). The Aadhaar Card is the simplest form of Government ID and can be easily operated through the official website, https://uidai.gov.in/.

Locate your nearest Aadhaar Card Center

Though the aadhar card is applied online but their aadhar centers are open near you. The Aadhaar Card can be issued from the nearest center according to your state and district. To locate your nearest Aadhaar Card center visit, https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx.

Entitling your aadhar card is pretty simpler, as the government has opened aadhaar centers across the nation. It is easy to access any aadhar center near your area.

Aadhaar Enrollment & Aadhaar Correction

The issuance of Aadhar Enrollment has been divided into categories where every individual is eligible to own it. Aadhaar card is a unique identification card that can be used to obtain your details through your biometric also. The Aadhaar card correction form and Aadhaar Enrollment form are available at the aadhaar center where you can book you can visit and book your appointment.

1. Aadhar Enrollment

  • Aadhar Enrollment for below 5 years of Age
  • Aadhar Enrollment for between 5 to 18 years of Age
  • Aadhaar Enrollment for above 18 years of Age

2. Aadhar Correction

  • Aadhar card address change
  • Aadhar Card DOB Change
  • Aadhar name Correction
  • Photo Update
  • Aadhar Biometrics Update
  • Aadhar mobile number add or update

 

  1. Aadhaar Enrollment – An Aadhaar Enrollment is the issuance of new Aadhaar Card. It is eligible for all Candidates depending upon their age.

● Aadhaar Enrollment for below 5 years of Age- The Documents required for age below 5 years of Age are:-

Birth Certificate

Aadhaar Card of any of the Parent

The biometric in this case is not registered as the fingerprints keep changing. The Enrollment number can be used to download the E-Aadhaar Card of the Minor.

● Aadhaar Enrollment for Candidate between 5 to 18 years of Age- The list of documents required are similar in this case too. The only difference is the registration of Biometrics. The procedure for enrollment, in this case, is similar to the above case. The biometrics is only recorded after the minor is above 5 years of age and they are only valid till they are 18 years of age. It is believed that the biometrics don’t change after the age of 18 and is registered permanently for later use.

● Aadhaar Enrollment for Candidate above 18 years of Age- The list of Documents required for above 18 years of Age are:

Proof of Address

Proof of DOB

Proof of ID

The biometrics are recorded in this case for permanent use. For candidates who already have issued the Aadhaar Card, can apply for an update of Biometric after the age of 18 years which fall under the category of Update Aadhaar Card and not in the new Enrollment.

        2. Aadhar Correction – Aadhaar correction can be done both by online or by fingerprints. You can correct your address, date of birth, mobile number or anything else required. The list of things that can be updated are:

Type of Updation

List of Documents Required

Aadhar card address change

(i) Proof of new Address that needs to be updated

(ii) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

Aadhar Card DOB Change

(i) Proof of new DOB that needs to be Updated

(ii) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

Aadhar name Correction

(i) Proof of new ID with the correct Name

(ii) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

Photo Update

(i) The passport size new Photo

(ii) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

Aadhar Biometrics Update

(i) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

Biometrics for minor are only registered when they are above 5 years of age and are valid when they are of 18 years. The biometrics need to be updated when they have crossed 18 years of age.  Biometrics for Adult are registered for permanent use.

Aadhar mobile number add or update

(i) Old Aadhaar Card Copy

(ii) The mobile number to be added or new to be updated

The documents that are validated as proof of address, proof of DOB and proof of ID can be picked up from the list, https://uidai.gov.in/images/commdoc/valid_documents_list.pdf.

Download E-Aadhaar Card or Check Aadhaar Enrollment Status

Check your aadhar status by URN number and mobile number. Your aadhar status after enrollment can be downloaded. The Aadhar card is dispatched from Indian Post and takes around 90 days to get it. Aadhar card status can also be checked from the official website of UIDAI. You can check E-Aadhaar status after 7 Days from the date of enrollment or correction.

You will need the following information to check aadhar status. You can Download E-aadhar by name, mobile number, URN number.

1. Visit the government site for Aadhar Card – https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/

2. Enter your URN number, Date & Time from the Enrollment slip

3. Click on Submit and enter your Name, Pin Code and registered Mobile Number in the box.

4. Click on “Get OTP” button

5. You will receive an SMS with OTP on your registered mobile number.

6. Enter the OTP and click on “Download Aadhar” button.

7. Your Aadhar Card will be downloaded on your System.

8. The E-aadhar password for the pdf is the pin code of your address if asked.

One can easily Retrieve Lost Aadhaar Card Online if their mobile number is registered and active. If not then, they will have to visit the enrollment center to attain his/her aadhaar information through his/her biometric.

 

Aadhaar card Queries

Every identity issued by Government raise lots of queries for citizens as What are aadhaar cards? Can aadhaar be used as address proof? Can aadhaar be applied online? Can aadhaar be used as age proof? Can aadhaar card be updated?, Why didn’t I receive my aadhaar card? Are Aadhaar centers open on Saturday?

The aadhaar centers remain open from Monday to Saturday. One can locate the nearest aadhaar center from UIDAI official website: https://appointments.uidai.gov.in/easearch.aspx.

What are Aadhaar Cards?

The aadhaar cards are Unique identification card which provides direct benefit transfer schemes like pension, scholarships, subsidies on LPG connections and also used to link aadhar with bank accounts.

Can Aadhaar be applied Online?

Aadhaar correction can be done online only if, your active mobile number is already registered with your UIN. You can upload the documents and use the OTP sent to your mobile number anyone can apply for aadhaar update. The aadhaar correction can be done using this link:https://ssup.uidai.gov.in/web/guest/ssup-home.

Can aadhaar be used as address & identity proof?

Yes, aadhaar can be used as your unique identity proof as well as address proof. It can also be used as birth proof. Other government schemes can be also be applied using aadhaar card. The Government has provided essential Aadhaar Usage such as Direct Benefit Transfer, to avail Pension Schemes and other Government services.

What is aadhaar enabled payment system?

Aadhaar Enable Payment System (AEPS) allows people to do financial transactions of any bank using Aadhaar Authentication. The transaction types are- Balance Inquiry, Cash Withdrawal, Cash deposit, Aadhaar to Aadhaar transfer of funds. The only things required for it are:-

Identification of bank where customer is associated

Aadhaar unique identification number 

Your biometrics

You can link your Aadhaar number to your bank account online also. You just need to verify your aadhaar number and other details. One can even check if your aadhaar number is linked to their bank account or not.

Can Aadhaar be made at home?

The Aadhaar centers are open everywhere near you. If still, one requires this service at home, they can apply at www.easygov.co.in. Sign Up and register your email Id. If you are already a previous user then Sign In. Click on Government services and from the list of services Apply for types of aadhaar services-

Aadhaar Enrollment 

Aadhaar Correction 

Aadhaar Enrollment for Under 5

The time and date for home visit shall be arranged according to your convenience.

Can NRI have aadhaar?

Yes, NRIs are also given equal rights to apply for aadhaar card. The procedure is same as of any Resident of India. They have to prove their identity by providing an India Government ID.

I didn’t receive my aadhaar card. What can I do?

There can be various reasons that your aadhaar card can get rejected. Either your biometric was not registered or else there is a delay in delivering your aadhaar from Government. In either case, you can check your aadhaar status from UIDAI website.

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Decoding ups and downs of startup in India

Indian startups raised over $ 5 Billion in last few years with more than $ 2 Billion in 2015 alone. Recent months have seen dip in valuation of some very established startups, few of which are struggling to raise money and some of them have started closing down their operations in absence for fresh investments. I fail to understand how investors at top can do such mistakes that looks so obvious. Some of these ideas were very far from the reality of India.This is an attempt to decode motives of few such mistakes done by these learned people.

Let’s understand first what are the characteristics of the startups who were able to raise money without being profitable till date. They all are copy of established foreign companies with some (usually one) innovation that is required for Indian market but are far from being original thought or product. For example, Ola is copy of Uber, Flipkart/ Snapdeal is copy of Amazon, OYO rooms is copy of Airbnb and a big list of hyperlocal startups.

If these foreign companies wanted to enter in Indian market prior to their Indian equivalent startups, they would have needed following ecosystem-
1. Favourable Government policy and legal system
2. Educating the Customer and building trust in model
3. Streamlined Operations and Suppliers

If it is done by an Indian company with lot of money from investor it has two benefits – (1) Relatively easy to get support and confidence from Government and Customer (2) Protecting the brand from failure or ramp up mistakes. As market entry strategy, it makes sense to promote an Indian startup and later kill them through competition or acquire them after having desired ecosystem. It was therefore extremely important to keep these Indian startups dependent on investor money to influence their operations and keep complete control on their strategy.

However, there have been some great positives as well. The youth potential has been unleashed and stage has been set for building some great Indian startups those will force other countries to copy Indian startups.

The views and opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of EasyGov. All information provided is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity.

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Who has more at Stake ? Citizens or Government – Police verification

Bribery in India is not something unknown and unheard of. We all have been under a situation where we have paid Bribe to get our work done sometimes willingly at other times unwillingly. But none of us is untouched of its viciousness. We live in a Country of Bribe, where nothing gets done until the right palm is greased with the right amount. One in two Indians regularly pays bribes when dealing with public institutions, police officers and government officials. Bribery has undermined the importance of some most crucial government services like Police Verification.

The main focus in this blog is not around corruption or Bribery, a lot has already been said and discussed about that, but around those government services which benefits government more than the citizens and still a citizen has to pay bribe to avail those services. For a citizen such services are certainly required but not a necessity especially when a citizen has to face corruption while availing such services. One such service is Police Verification. This Blog has been written after a personal experience faced by Easy Gov team over Bribery during Police Verification in one of the renowned Districts of NCR.
Indeed Police verification serves many purposes. It serves as a huge deterrent for the hired help/servant/maid or tenant. Also, police verification can check up on whether the servant in question has any previous criminal record or not. The verified data helps the police tremendously, during investigation as well as keep criminals vigilant and reduces wrongdoing and unlawful activities.

Verification of prospective workers/helpers like servant, maid, nanny, gardener, guard and tenants is an important tool for reducing the risk of crime and unlawful practices that could affect our family and society. Undeniably it is important for our safety and security to get police verifications done. But isn’t that police verifications are more helpful to the country than the individuals. For individuals it saves the persons family and close ones but for a nation it provides security and safety to the entire nation. We are well versed with the dire consequences when people are not verified by police, it also gives rise to terrorism as many a times a terrorist can be masked under a house help whose motive can be to harm the nation.

Government must understand the importance of police verification for a nation to grow and thus make the service as transparent and convenient as possible. Police Verification should not be treated as a service to benefit society or citizen but as a service to safeguard the entire nation.

For any nation’s government safeguarding the country is of prime importance and thus it is vital that the process of police verification is made simpler and corruption free. Mistrustful and doubtful people increase the threat of terrorism and terrorist attack and thus hinders nation’s ability to do business internationally as well as impedes economic growth of the nation. The economy collapses and results in political instability. Terrorism also loses people’s faith in its government leading to discomfort amongst its citizens. Thus police verification affects the nation more than any individual or society.

Why can’t government make the police verification service as easily accessible as Tax system of India? Government duly assures collection of Tax by each and every individual and thus keeps on further simplifying the process. Why can’t be same be done for police verification services. Surely government will act upon improving police verification services ones the government realizes its importance and the dire consequences the nation faces due to its improper implementation and presence of corruption and bribery.

We as Indian citizens have been compelled to think that governments are run by groups acting in their own interests rather than for the benefit of the citizens. People have lost lose trust in government institutions and in those entrusted with power. With wholesale bribery at the top levels of the nation, we are losing sight of what is right and what is wrong. Our democracy has become a democracy that money can buy.

It’s high time when we realize the importance of police verification for safeguarding the nation rather treating the service for the benefit of society and citizens only.

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Women Safety – who is at fault? Policy / Implementation/ Private Companies

In 2012, the high profile Nirbhaya rape case made our nation question women safety in public transportation. Back then, the state responded by canceling over 2500 permits of contract carriages and chartered buses due to fake address registration. Two years later, the average Delhi woman was feeling safer due to the onslaught of cab services such as Uber and Ola Cabs. It eliminated the wait on dark, empty streets and instilled a sense of security by assuring a safe driver and car arriving to take you home. However, December 5th, 2014, changed all notions of safety for women in the city’s capital. The spine chilling news that a 27-year-old woman was raped by an Uber Cab driver made citizens raise their voices in indignation. Similar to 2012, the state machinery responded by blacklisting and banning the radio taxi service on grounds of hiring the cab driver without the mandatory police verification. Approximately 80,000 cabs will be pulled off the roads.

Uber failed to do even a preliminary check on the driver, there could be many other such sexual offenders driving you to and from home who were subjected to identity checks and still managed to keep their crimes hidden. While Uber has to be held accountable for its cheating methods on background checking, lack of information on driver, and GPS systems – a more pressing concern stems from the fact that Delhi Police and State government are so unaware about the operations technicalities of such cab services.

The Nirbhaya case is considered to be the turning point from where the issue of women’s safety rose toforefront. Yet, what we see is a passive indifference. Until the Uber cab case, no attention was being paid to the utilization of the Nirbhaya fund. This fund should have been utilized for verification of drivers and guards, delivery personnel etc.

Another case where a 28-year-old pizza delivery boy was arrested for allegedly molesting a minor girl in Southeast Delhi’s Ashram area. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the incident occurred when the accused, employed with a major pizza chain, went to the girl’s residence to deliver an order. It came out that there was no background verification done by major and international pizza chain before employing a delivery boy. Such case shouldn’t go unnoticed, it is high time thestate as well as the citizens realize the importance of police verification and background check of these employees.

ARE WOMEN SAFE IN INDIA? ARE STRINGENT LAWS ENOUGH? Who is responsible for this? Is it only the lapse in legal system of our country or the police or the public where such incidence occurs or the Indian society as a whole? Are banning private services like Uber and pizza delivery chains actually going to make our cities safer for women or is there a larger need for consistent improvement in our governance and judiciary to create safer environment?

 

 

Stricter implementation of laws is the key to women’s safety. A stricter law without proper implementation cannot act as a deterrent. Examples of dowry cases, concerns over the reach of laws and whether legislators are evaluating the effectiveness of the law. While protective instruments are present and have been looked into by various women’s bodies, implementation suffers. Moreover, there areinsufficient number of courts and inadequate facilities in existing courts. Courts are not women friendly spaces and suffer from lack of clean toilets, availability of lawyers, judges who are interested in hearing women’s cases. Making access to justice easier for women has to be the first point of redressed by the government.

There is also a lot of back log and delay in services by government. The authorities usually takes months to respond to one police verification. Is it feasible for companies and huge corporates to suffer loss due to government negligence and delay in service delivery? Why is government not capable enough to provide timely services. EasyGov has also experienced the same while applying for police verifications – Out of 20 police verifications request in various police stations submitted by EasyGov, EasyGov has been able to only successfully get 5-6 police verifications done. Police verifications can be made simple by assuring a 30 day service delivery. India needs to work on its implementations and strengthen it.r ==e

 

 

In the last two years the highest courts in the country have responded to a mass call for more protection for women. Alongside, there have been many judgments from non-constitutional decision-making bodies like khap panchayats and kangaroo courts sanctioning violence against particular women or curtailing women’s freedom in significant ways. Why is it that while there has been a legal expansion of women’s rights in India, the societal trends that maintain a violent order against women have remained intact? Because there are enough laws with no implementation and execution. The Indian state may make many laws that protect women. However, none of this means much unless law enforcement agencies actually implement the law. India is a country of intellectuals, writing a document, making laws is the easiest thing to do, what India lacks is the enactment.

While technology seems good, what matters is the people who will be at the ground level to implement the safety and security and for that, there is need for allocation

This mismatch between the existence of good laws and their actual implementation is itself a commentary on state capacity in India. Many years ago, Francine Frankel and M.S.A. Rao drew our attention to social structures of dominance in India and how they inhibit, negotiate or encourage state power. The Indian state has failed Indian women by allowing khaps to issue diktats that contradict constitutionally sanctioned rights women have. In ignoring the khap question and not taking them head-on as groups that violate human rights, the Indian state seems to be saying that its job is done when it passes good legislation. Rights may be apparent or self-evident and constitutionally secured; however, they do not automatically implement themselves.

Women safety is an issue of the whole nation, we should work towards fighting it together.

 

 

 

 

 

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Duties of Citizen

A citizen is a person who is entitled to enjoy all the legal rights and privileges granted by a state to the people comprising its constituency, and is obligated to obey its laws and to fulfill his or her duties as called upon. The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 provides for acquisition of Indian citizenship by birth, by descent, by registration and by naturalization. Further, the constitution of India prescribes the fundamental obligations of State to its citizens and duties of citizens towards State in the form of Fundamental Rights, Directive principles and Fundamental Duties as various sections of the constitution. These sections comprise vital elements of our constitution. The Fundamental Rights are defined as basic human rights of the citizen. These apply to all citizens of India and are enforceable by the laws. The Fundamental duties on the other hand are not legally enforceable. These are the moral obligations of the citizens to uphold the patriotism and unity of the nation.

As a member of a civilized state a citizen is expected to discharge his duties well and to enjoy the privilege granted by the state. In short, his rights and his duties are inter connected. He cannot ask for privileges or right without performing his duties.

Sadly, we the citizens of India, have learnt rights verbatim as per the Constitution. We enjoy our rights fully and raise our voice when we don’t find them coming to us. But, we have never, yes, never bothered to be particular about our duties as well.  This situation is absolutely shameful and derogatory. For instance, the Indian constitution grants us the Right of Freedom of Speech which we all use to the maximum. We speak so very freely that we can abuse or pass insulting remarks about anyone. Even in the highest realm of the political arena we see leaders hurling abuses at each other in public, using the most discourteous and unparliamentarily language, in reference to each other. Is this the freedom of speech sanctioned to us?  

To safeguard public property and to abjure violence is a fundamental duty of Indian citizens, as nicely put in words in our constitution, but, at the first outburst of our tempers we tend to destroy bridges, roads and other civic installations. Just comprehend for yourselves and think of what kind of citizens we are?

The problem with us has been that, for the last fifty years of our independent existence, not only the common man but, even the Government has laid too much stress on rights, rights and rights – but regarding our duties which are also clearly mentioned in our Constitution no one is inclined to bother about. The magnitude of indiscipline and ill behavior that we see every day in every sphere of life is just because we citizens of India are not at all aware of our duties as citizens, towards the country, towards the Government, and towards our fellow citizens. It is a wonder if citizens of any other country individually or collectively could be enjoying so much, without giving anything in return.

The current demand of the Nation is not what are the duties of a citizens or how it is morally important for a citizen to abide by his duties, rather how to ensure that a citizen stands by its duties. The larger perspective is what happens when we do not abide by our duties? What we can do at this moment to make such changes that every citizen of this country performs his duties responsibly which gives larger benefit of nation building.

Recommendation 1: Legal enforcement of Fundamental Duties

As per the constitution of India the rights are legally enforceable but the duties are not. Now after more than 60 years of independence we have been unable to develop the moral conscience of citizen towards the nation. A person behaves in a certain manner when either he is being directly benefitted from it or he is penalized for his misbehave. Since there is no such binding on citizens by law to abide by citizens duties, thus citizens take it so casually and don’t bother to fulfill their duties towards the nation. There should be amendment in the constitution where non adherence to duties shall be a punishable offence.

Recommendation 2: Giving benefits to encourage responsible behavior

As written above benefits associated with any task makes it more lucrative to people. A virtual badge can be provided for fulfilling some duty. And a proof should be submitted for that. A collection of certain number of badges can be bartered for some social recognition or small monetary benefit as mobile recharge for a month.

Recommendation 3: Character building of the coming generations

The third most important thing is to build such character of the coming generations that their moral conscience is well developed. They become aware citizen who do not need either benefit or fear to fulfill their duties. We have high stress put on academic subjects in school. Moral science should be kept at par with the rest of the academics. Making a compulsion to pass the subject should be there. Moral science and principles are something that needs to be taught to us when we are children. It will certainly impact in long term in being a good human being and a good citizen. Good citizens always make a good nation. 

I understand that there is a group of people who do perform their duties well understanding the morals behind them and numbers are increasing but that will take decades to make cover complete population. Till that time we need some sort of either appreciation or punishment. Like Swach Baharat – some people do it because they understand benefit to them and their children and majority of people do not do it. Is aggressive marketing and awareness sufficient? It is being already done by Modi ji for Swach Baharat. We need to think something out of the box – Innovation. 

No democratic polity can ever succeed where the citizens are not willing to be active participants in the process of governance by assuming responsibilities and discharging citizenship duties and coming forward to give their best to the country, However government has to be equally be active in enforcing citizens to comply with these duties. 

 

The views and opinions are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of EasyGov. All information provided is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity.

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Do we really need a verified PROOF OF ADDRESS?

Address Proof is an important document for every citizen of India. It is a mandatory document for obtaining any Government Id proof or availing any other services like Passport, Voter Card, Gas Connection, Telephone Bills etc. We are all well acknowledged with the importance of Proof of Address in India.

We are in a time when movement of people from one place to another is common and being citizens of India we can stay anywhere in the country, mobility of people from one place to another has increased significantly. However it is very difficult to get a verified government address proof every time in case a citizen moves form one part of country to another.

Everyone who has moved out or shifted from any part of the country has faced such problems of getting a valid address proof. However the major concern which is overlooked is not how to obtain these address proofs, rather the much bigger concern is WHY IS ADDRESS PROOF NEEDED AT ALL? Can’t there be a universal government verified proof that can be used in various parts of the country, why a person has to provide the address proof of the current address. We are not denying to the requirement of address proof, or verifications done for confirming citizens address. But it is not feasible to get a government verified address proof especially for a person who keeps changing different cities.

Government officials claim that address verifications reduced crimes and fraudant activities. Is having a verified address any guarantee that someone will not commit a crime? Clearly not. Is it the case crimes are committed only by people without a verifiable address? Again, the answer is in the negative. So, why insist on everyone having some verified address? You could argue, it makes it easier to trace a criminal, in case you have his original address. Police records are full of people who have gone missing and are untraceable, in spite of having a bona fide address to begin with.

It makes sense to ask for an address if the addressee has some specific use from providing that address. But when there is no need why one does has to provide such address.
In some cases, verified address proof is simply not a necessity like why do banks need proof as to where an account-holder lives, over and above the
account-holder's own claim? In all bona fide cases, the vast majority, the account-holder wants the bank to send him statements and cheque books to an address where he would receive them. It may be possible that the person doesn’t have a government verified address proof for his current address. Why can’t he change the address without getting verified if one holds a verified identity proof?

A passport is proof of identity, citizenship and address. Why should it ask for permanent address? In the new world of increasing urbanization, migration within the country and abroad, what sense does a permanent address make? What about residents of Delhi, whose parents hail from some remote village in, say, Jharkhand, but have always lived in a rented accommodation in their adopted city? What is their permanent address? Do such people have no right to have a passport? Should they write down some ancestral place in Jharkhand whose current occupants are probably unaware of their existence? Should they claim a rented place as their permanent residence?

What about the three crore-odd households who have no homes of their own anywhere on the planet? Don't their 15 crore individuals have a right to be called Indians and be entitled to a passport, bank account and other citizen amenities and rights?

It is possible to abandon permanent proof of address altogether and accept an applicant's submission as authentic. Biometric tags and de-duplication software that works across multiple databases – driving licenses, hospital records, school and college registers, insurance and bank accounts – would identify cases that call for further verification.

Sure, this means a lot of computerization. So what? Trust everyone's claimed address, verify those that give cause for doubt. This is integral to inclusive growth.

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INDIA LACKS PROPER IMPLEMENATION OF SCHEMES

Sukanya Samriddhi Account is another welcome step from Govt of India. Honorable Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi launched Sukanya Samriddhi Account “A Small Savings Scheme” on 22nd January, 2015. It is part of “Beti Bachao – Beti Padhao” initiative of Government of India. It is commendable that Govt of India is taking steps to change the mindset of people towards Girl Child.

Of the numerous social elevation schemes that the current government at center has floated for various sections of the society, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is said to be quite a noble and relevant one for protecting the rights of girl child in the country.  The fate of girl child is not very decent in many rural districts in India with more or less the same state being in every part of the country.  It is high time that such schemes are brought into the foray and implemented in the best possible way to see better practical results.
 
EasyGov would like to thank Mr. Modi for launching such schemes like Sukanya Samriddhi Account, so that our country can wake up feel where we are heading as a developing nation. In such a society launching such initiatives is a big boost and we will be able to see a lot changes in our society. But maybe not that fast as we are expecting.

Despite sincere efforts from Govt of India, the problem of proper implementation of schemes remains a distant dream. EasyGov would like to highlight a recent issue faced in Ghaziabad related to SSA, where EasyGov tried to open a SSY Account for its client. The authorities at the post office said that the IT systems are being upgraded and would be functional in next 10-12 days. Even after 10 days the answer was same that it would take more time to upgrade the system. It is unfortunate to see, when India has become so technologically advance why a government scheme that was launched recently faces such issues of technology and why is there no alternate way set to overcome such issues or an alternative way to avail the scheme.

Despite so many efforts by the Indian government, implementation of such schemes at the ground level remains a challenge across the country. This state of affairs has been seen in Ghaziabad which one of the most developed areas with high density of population, since the scheme has been launched throughout the country it will be difficult to analyze its proper implementation in districts that are not advanced and sometimes even lacks proper electricity and water supply.

It is quite commendable that such move has been made by the government to restore the life and dignity of girls in India and change the common mind set of people. It is however; quite surprising and disappointing that still India faces prolonged technological issues and issues at ground level which go unnoticed.

The government should address the problems in delivery of its services and implementation of schemes to accelerate the growth in the country. Though the government had been bringing in a number of policies and programmes aimed at fueling the growth, the hurdles at the field level stop their effective reach to the target people and lead to a slow growth.

Many government schemes would lead to significant growth if they were implemented with the same letter and spirit that was seen during the announcement of them. The successful implementation of social sector schemes requires a great deal of commitment and administrative coordination. Hope our government shifts it focus on implementation.

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SUKANYA SAMRIDDHI YOJNA – Analysis

The recently launched Sukanya Samriddhi Account is useful instruments for saving for the future needs of the girl child. This scheme is closes to Public Provident Fund (PPF) scheme with enhanced interest rate and stringent long term lock-in conditions. The SSA can only be opened in the name of the girl child while PPF scheme can be availed by all.

       Benefit / Description

  • 8.6% interest rate account for girl child who has not yet attained 10yrs of age. Legal guardian can open account for max. 2 girl child. Each girl can have only one account.
  • Deposit any amount any time but total contribution in financial year shall be between Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,50,000.
  • Contribution can be made for 14 years from date of opening of account.
  • Contribution in SSA scheme is exempted from tax under 80C. Interest earned on this account is also exempted from Income Tax.
  • Account will be matured only after 21 years from date of opening of account or on the marriage date of girl child whichever is earlier. 50% of the account balance can be withdrawn when the girl child reaches age 18 Yrs to support her higher education.
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    Service Level (Approx.)

  • 5 days for getting passbook
  • Attachment Requirement
  • ID and Address proof of a parent/ guardian Proof of DoB of girl child i.e. Birth certificate
     

        Our Analysis

  • This is an excellent saving scheme with maximum proximity to PPF. The additional half percent of interest rate from PPF comes with relatively stringent lock in criteria.
  • We will request you to open this account not only for your daughter but also help opening this account for economically weaker families working for or around you.
     
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PASSPORT – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

This Blog includes –

  1. How to Apply for Passport
    1.1 via e-form submission
    1.2 via online form Submission
    1.2 In person – application for Passport
  2. Tatkaal Passport Service
  3. Other Service
    3.1 Police Clearing Certificate
    3.2 Identity Certificate
    3.3 Give Feedback/Grievances
  4. MPassport Seva – Mobile App
  5. Services from EasyGov
  6. Recommendations from Easy Gov
  7. Related Links

A Passport is an essential travel document for those who are travelling abroad for education, pilgrimage, tourism, business purposes, medical attendance and family visits. During the last few years, the growing economy and spreading globalization have led to an increased demand for Passport and related services. To meet this increased demand, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) launched the Passport Seva Project (PSP) in May 2010.

Passport Seva enables simple, efficient and transparent processes for delivery of passport and related services. This project creates a countrywide networked environment for Government staff and integrates with the State Police for physical verification of applicant's credentials and with India Post for delivery of passports.

All Indian citizens who depart or intend to depart from India are required to be in possession of a valid passport or travel document. Under the Passports Act 1967, the Government of India may issue different types of passports and travel documents such as Ordinary Passport, Diplomatic Passport, Official Passport, Emergency Certificate and Certificate of Identity for the purpose.


  1. HOW TO APPLY FOR A PASSPORT

1.1 Apply for passport via e-Form Submission

Step 1.Users need to register on Passport Seva Portal.
Step 2.After registering, login to the Passport Seva Portal.
Step 3.Download the Passport Application From for fresh or reissue of Passport.
Step 4.Fill the downloaded e-Form and click the Validate & Save button. Thia will generate an XML file which will be required later for uploading in the system.
Step 5.Upload the XML file through the Upload e-Form. Do not upload the PDF form at this stage as only XML file is accepted by the system.
Step 6.After uploading the form, click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment" link to schedule an appointment at Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Step 7.Search for Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) location and select your PSK. Card (MasterCard & Visa), Internet Banking (State Bank of India
(SBI) and Associate Banks Only) or SBI Bank Challan.
Step 8.After booking the appointment at selected PSK, you can make an online paymet through Credit/Debit
Step 9.You can calculate the fee for passport services through Online Fee Calculator.
Step 10.Users can take print of the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN) or Appointment Number.
Step 11.Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents such as Proof of Date of Birth, Identity proof with Proof of residence and Proof of nationality.

Apply for Passport via e-Form Submission

1.2 Apply for Passport Online – Fill your Passport Application Online
Step 1.To apply for fresh or reissue of passport via Online Form Submission, users needs to register on Passport Seva Portal.
Step 2.After registering, login to the Passport Seva Portal.
Step 3.Click on Apply for Fresh Passport or Reissue of Passport link.
Step 4.Fill in the required details in the form and submit.
Step 5.After submitting the form for fresh or reissue of Passport, click the "Pay and Schedule Appointment
" link to schedule an appointment at Passport Seva Kendra (PSK).
Step 6.Search for Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) location and select your PSK.
Step 7.After booking the appointment at selected PSK, you can make an online payment through Credit/Debit Card (MasterCard & Visa), Internet Banking (State Bank of India (SBI) and Associate Banks Only) or SBI Bank Challan.
Step 8.You can calculate the fee for passport services through Online Fee Calculator.
Step 9.Users can take print of the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN) or Appointment Number.
Step 10.Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents such as Proof of Date of Birth, Identity proof 
 Apply for passport via Online Form Submission

1.3 Apply for Passport in Person
Step 1.To apply for fresh or reissue of passport in person click on Print Application Form link   available on Passport Seva Portal to download the application form. The downloaded form should be printed back to back on standard A4 size papers.

Step 2.You can also purchase a form for fresh or reissue of passport from District Passport Cell (DPC) for Rs.10/-.
Step 3.Submit the filled application form and self-attested photocopies of the supporting documents-such as at Proof of Date of Birth, Identity proof with photograph, Proof of residence and Proof of nationality at District Passport Cell (DPC) counter.
Step 4.Official at the DPC counter will verify the application form, photograph and the documents. Once the same are successfully verified and found to be complete in all respects, pay the fees in form of Demand Draft (DD).
Step 5.The Demand Draft (DD) should contain the Applicant Name, Date of Birth and Date of Submission of the application form written behind the Demand Draft.
Step 6.You can calculate the fee for passport services through Online Fee Calculator.
Step 7.Collect the Acknowledgment Letter after fee submission which contains a File Number. This file number can be used later for tracking the file status.
Apply for passport in person
Renew you Passport – Passport Seva Portal – Know about Passport Renewal Application, Passport Renewal Fee, Passport Renewal Forms
Lost Passport – Get your Lost passport

 


  1. TATKAAL PASSPORT SERVICE

Tatkaal Passport Service is a scheme available to passport applicants who need their passports urgently out-of-turn. The final authority for the issuance of passport under the Tatkaal scheme lies with the passport office.

Passport under the Tatkaal Scheme is dispatched within one working day excluding the date of submission of application if police verification is not required. In case if police verification is required on a Post-Passport Issuance basis, the passport is dispatched on third working day excluding the date of submission of application – without waiting for the Police Verification Report.

Citizens can apply for issue of fresh passport or reissue of passport under Tatkaal Scheme through e-Form Submission or Online Form Submission or apply in person

You can calculate the fee for passport services under Tatkaal Scheme- External website that opens in a new window through Online Fee Calculator.

Appointment opening time for Tatkaal services.


  1. OTHER SERVICES

3.1 Police Clearance Certificate
Passport is a very valuable document. Thus, in order to ensure that it does not go in wrong hands, police verification is required for issuance of passport. Depending on whether an application is for issue of fresh passport or reissue of passport, Passport Office (PO) shall decide whether Police Verification is required for issuance of Passport to an individual.
Users can apply for Police Clearance Certificate via e-Form Submission or Online Form Submission or apply in person.        

Know Your Police Station
Documents Required for Police Clearance Certificate

3.2 Identity Certificate
Identity Certificate (IC) is normally issued to Tibetan Refugees residing in India, from the Regional Passport Office, Delhi (RPO Delhi) on recommendation by the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL), New Delhi. In addition to Tibetan refugees, Stateless people residing in India may also apply for Identity Certificate at the Passport Office within whose jurisdiction they are currently residing.

IC issuance is subject to clearance by Ministry of External Affairs (Consular, Passport and Visa (CPV) Division). In addition, clearance by State Government (Department of Home Affairs / Police) / Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is also required for grant of No Objection to Return to India (NORI) to be stamped on the Identity Certificate- External website that opens in a new window.

Users can apply for Identity Certificate via e-Form Submission or Online Form Submission or apply in person. You can calculate fee for Identity Certificate through Online Fee Calculator.

3.3 Give Feedback Or File Grievances
Citizens can send their feedback or file their grievances on Passport Seva Portal. You can also contact the call center at 1800-258-1800 for any queries related to passport.

Track status of grievances
National Call Centre

 


  1. mPASSPORT SEVA – MOBILE APP

Ministry of External Affairs has launched mobile app mPassport Seva to provide all the passport related information on the mobile for smartphone users.

mPassport Seva is designed primarily for the citizens who are interested in Passport related information only. It's a light weight, easy to use app that provides specific details on areas such as Location of centers, Fee, Application Status, Contact Information and other General Information.

Download mPassport Seva


PASSPORT SERVICES FROM EASYGOV Getting your Passport made Easy with EasyGov

EasyGov simplifies your process of Passport Service. Indeed Government has simplified and made the complete procedure of availing a Passport online. But here are some things where EasyGov can help and guide you better and make it more convenient for you.
Just Log on to
https://www.easygov.co.in/ and get your passport today.

  • Save effort in research – Before Appling for any government service, one needs to spend a lot of time in researching about the particular service on several Blogs and websites and reading various articles, Save the research time and leave it on  to us
  • Save time in applying for passport – EasyGov forms is 25% shorter than passport portal form that save your lot of effort and time in filling up this form. No need to fill lengthy and complex government forms – EasyGov does it on your behalf
  • Comfort of Executive assistant – Need someone to work as Executive assistant for fixing up an appointment on preferred date for visit to passport office. Get the appointment date convenient to your schedule
  • Expert Friend – We know all possible cases of failure and success and will help you to get right application in first attempt. EasyGov is transparent and honest in providing suggestions to customer. Customer satisfaction is our Forte.

     



    RECOMMENDATIONS FROM EASYGOV TO GOVERNMENT – TO MAKE SERVICE BETTER

Passport Service has been tremendously improved by the government in past years.
The services by Passport Seva Kendra has been made easier, fast and convenient for the citizens.
No doubt the effort of the government can be seen and the service has impeccably improved over a period of time.

EasyGov would like to give several recommendations for faster and more convenient delivery of service to Citizens –

Remove proof of address requirement – Proof of Address requirement should be removed, it is redundant as police officer visits the residence of individual physically for verification. Passport authority shall trust the address provided by applicant. ID proof should suffice the requirement to establish his Identity for issuing a Passport.  Sometimes it becomes difficult for citizens to provide a current proof of address since a person might have changed his location/residence several times.

Replace references by more authentic background check – The requirement of two references selected by applicant and their view about a person is not a satisfactory certification of someone’s good or bad behavior. Police should talk to people like guards in society/nearby shopkeeper/Colleague in office/neighbours to check if that person has a good character. A more substantive background check should be done for an individual before issuing a Passport

Ask for Birth registration details instead of birth certificate-  Birth certificate is major bottleneck that people are facing in passport application because of poorly defined process and different level of readiness of ULBs and PRIs. People who already have registered earlier but misplaced birth certificate are forced to follow the process of birth registration. This should only be applicable where birth record can be verified online by providing birth registration details.

Simplify from– Passport form is a long and tedious form to fill. If someone analyses responses provided by user it will be seen that 70-80% applicant respond to 30-40% of questions/fields in same manner. Analytics has potential to reduce complexity of passport form by half at least. With the era of digital advancement, technology should be used to make Government to citizen services as convenient as possible.
 



RELATED LINKS

EasyGov

Ministry of External Affairs

Passport Seva Portal

FAQs

Download e-Forms

Document Advisor

Passport Offices in India

District Passport Cell (DPC)

Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)

National Call Centre

mPassport Seva

 

 

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Voter ID Card

  • Importance of Voter ID Card

  • Why should you Vote?

  • How to apply for Voter Id Card

  • Other Services for Voter Id card

  • Services from EasyGov

  • Recommendations from EasyGov to government

  • Related Links


The Indian voter ID card is issued by the Election Commission of India. Its main purpose is as identity proof while casting votes. The voter card is issued to all Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and qualify to be a voter. This card is issued to improve the accuracy of the electoral roll and help in preventing cases of electoral fraud.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is a constitutional body responsible for administering elections in India according to the rules and regulations mentioned in the Constitution of India. In its assigned role, the most crucial challenge before the Election Commission of India is to implement norms and the Model Code of Conduct to ensure free and fair elections in the country.

1.  IMPORTANCE OF VOTER ID CARD

Proof of Identity
The Voter ID card is an important document for Indian citizens as it is a valid form of an identification proof. The Voter ID is accepted at various offices & institutions which require the individual to furnish valid form of identification, like insurance companies, making online travel or obtaining a new gas connection, opening a new bank account, etc.

Casting Votes
The Voter ID card is essential if you wish to cast your vote during any election. If you hold a valid Voter ID card and your name is present in the electoral roll of your local area, you can cast your vote.

Registration In Electoral Roll Of A Non-Domicile State
The Voter ID serves yet another purpose of allowing individuals to register their name in the electoral roll of a state other than their state of domicile. This is especially helpful if a person has migrated from another state and wishes to enroll in the electoral list of his local area / constituency.
 

2. WHY SHOULD WE VOTE
Voting in India is a Constitutional right if one is a citizen over 18 years of age. However, that also makes it optional. It has been a tendency among voters, especially in the urban areas, to treat the voting day as a day of rest. While skipping the vote may not seem to cause any harm, the long-term consequences are disastrous. Here's why every citizen of India must cast his or her vote:

Agent of change
Voting is the agent of change. If the people of India think that the ruling government is not performing its duties satisfactorily, they can show it the door by voting against it. Refraining from doing so can result in the same party, or a worse one, being elected for the next five years.

Every vote counts
in a country so populous, a voter might feel that a single vote does not make any difference. However, the balance tilts when this becomes a national attitude and lakhs—perhaps crores—of votes are not casted. By casting their vote, citizens may not necessarily be able to get the best candidate elected but by avoiding casting their vote they improve the chances of the unsuitable ones winning the polls. At the end, it is only the voter who has to suffer through poor governance.

Get heard
Voting offers every citizen a medium of expression. In a country as vast and diverse as ours, different regions have different concerns and priorities. The process of voting allows every citizen to have a say in what should constitute the matters of importance by voting for the candidate he or she deems fit for the purpose. While it is true that the outcome of elections is seldom predictable, by not casting one's vote, that citizen is giving up on the chance of getting heard.

Voting as a responsibility
Voting is as much a responsibility as it is a right. The whole edifice of Indian democracy is built on the foundation of voting. If citizens are not careful about casting their vote—or worse, skip their vote altogether—it will jeopardize the existence of our democratic Republic.

Voting as an honor
Voting is an honor conferred on the citizens by the founding fathers. By exercising their right to vote, citizens demonstrate their respect for the history of the country.

It can't be denied that the recent democratic experience in India has not been encouraging. For the past several years, India has been struggling with rampant corruption, unsure economy, and unclear foreign policy. Election after election has seen ineffective governments come to power that have done more harm than good. However, not casting one's vote will only worsen the condition. It is our duty as responsible citizens of India to make informed decisions and choose the best candidate from those presented. Moreover, with reforms like Right to reject gaining wider support, it wouldn't be long before the system of elections is improved.
 

3.  HOW TO APPLY FOR VOTER ID

3.1 Applying Election Card Online

Step 1: Log on to the official electoral site of India http://eci.nic.in/. This site is especially created for individuals who wish to register for Voter ID Card online.
Step 2:  When you log on to the Home Page you have to look for the New User Registration Option. (Online Registration for Voter ID card) This option is for individuals who want to create a new Voter’s ID. Citizens who already have an ID can fill in their mobile number or e-mail ID and login to the website. This page will then ask you to fill in your registered e-mail ID and mobile number. You will then receive a verification code on your mobile, type it in and verify your details. Your online voter ID Card Registration is complete.
Step 3: Once you are a verified user, you have an account on the website. The next step is to look for FORM-6. This form will ask you to fill in details like your age, date of birth, place of birth, city, district, sex and language. Along with your personal details you also need to upload a scanned passport sized picture, your age proof and your address proof. Click on Submit.
Step 4: After the completion of all the above steps you will get an application number. Be sure to note down this number, as it will be required in the future to check the status of your card. In a few days your will receive your Voter’s ID Card.


3.2 Applying Offline with Voter ID Card Form
To enroll in the voters list, one has to submit a filled in Voter ID Application also called as Form – 6 to the Electoral Registration Officer of the Assembly Constituency.
Fill in FORM 6 – and Submit.

 

4.  SERVICES/CHANGES FOR VOTER ID CARD

4.1    How to Check status of Voter ID card Online?
Step 1             Login to http://electoralsearch.in/ for checking your voter ID card status.
Step 2              After logging in, you have to Fill in Name, Date of birth, Gender, State, Fathers name, Consistency
Step 3            There is an alternative for the above step, you can also enter the EPIC no and state in which you are residing for checking your voter ID card status.

4.2    Voter ID Card Correction/Modification – How to Change the Address in Your Voter ID card?
 
Changing address if you want to apply for a different polling booth in your assembly constituency or when you have changed the residence within the assembly constituency, you need to fill up Form 8A. This process is called transposition of the voter’s card. But when you have shifted to new place, outside your assembly constituency, you will have to fill up Form 6 again and enroll as a new voter.

Step 1.          Fill up the first part of FORM

  • Part Number as well as Serial Number of the voter list should be entered
  • Electors Photo Identity Card Number 
  • Relation’s Name

Step 2.          Fill in the Residential Address of the new place where you are shifted or about to shift
Step 3.          Part Number of the new region of residence or the nearest polling booth
Step 4.          It is mandatory to submit proof and Xerox copies along with form 8 while applying for address change.

4.3    Procedure to Get a Duplicate Election Card

Step 1.       File an FIR for the loss of Voter ID. Keep a copy with you.
Step 2.       Fill Form 002 for the issuance of duplicate voter ID card.
Step 3.       Fill all required fields in the form.
Step 4.       Attach FIR and necessary documents as Proof of Identity to the form and submit it to your regional chief election commission office and collect the receipt
Step 5.       You can track the status of your Voter ID card online
 

5.  VOTER ID CARD SERVICES FROM EASYGOV

EasyGov simplifies your process of Voter ID Card Service. Just Log on to easygov.co.in and apply for your Voter Id Card.

  • Save effort in research – Before Applying for any government service, one needs to spend a lot of time in researching about the particular service on several Blogs and websites and reading various articles, Save the research time and leave it on  to us
  • Save time in applying for Voter ID Online – EasyGov forms are 25% shorter than government forms that saves your lot of effort and time in filling up this form. No need to fill lengthy and complex government forms – EasyGov does it on your behalf
  • Comfort of Executive assistant – Need someone to work as Executive assistant for any problem you face at any step while applying for the process.
  • Expert Friend – We know all possible cases of failure and success and will help you to get right application in first attempt. EasyGov is transparent and honest in providing suggestions to customer. Customer satisfaction is our Forte.

6.  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM EASYGOV TO GOVERNMENT – TO MAKE SERVICE BETTER

EasyGov would like to give several recommendations for faster and more convenient delivery of service to Citizens –

  1. Replacing Voter ID Card with Aadhar Card: Citizens of India can vote but not residents of India. It will be save lot of money for Government and effort from people if citizenship is added in Aadhar card with one layer of verification on citizenship.
    Currently Aadhar Card only serves the purpose of a verified address proof and not of Citizenship.
  2. Keeping record updated and accurate: Adding some benefit that motivates people to make voter ID card and keep it to their current location. Many people migrates and relocates depending upon their education, job and several other factors but do transfer their name in voter list and do not vote in respective State as well.
  3. Reduce service level for voter ID card: Service level for new or transfer or change in voter ID card is 60 Days that should be reduced to less than a week.
  4. Remove proof of address requirement – Proof of Address requirement should be removed, ID proof should suffice the requirement to establish his Identity for issuing a Voter Id Card. Sometimes it becomes difficult for citizens to provide a current proof of address since a person might have changed his location/residence several times and it is not possible to get a government verified Proof of Address every time a citizen relocates. A self-deceleration of current address should suffice to avail the service.

7.  RELATED LINKS

Election Commission of India

National Voters Service Portal

Electoral Search

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