HYDERABAD: Huge discrepancies have come to light in projected population of Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts as well as bifurcated Andhra Pradesh vis a vis census records and the number of Aadhaar cards generated, putting authorities in a fix.

As per projections on the 2011 census, the population of Hyderabad district in 2017 should be around 43 lakh. However, UIDAI has generated 66 lakh Aadhaar cards, a 23 lakh variance. And though the projected population of Rangareddy district is 57.4 lakh, only 50.6 lakh Aadhaar cards have been generated, a shortfall of 6.8 lakh. “It appears that details of many from Rangareddy district, who live on the border with the state capital, have got included in Hyderabad statistics, due to which it has more Aadhaar cards and Rangareddy has less,” said an UIDAI official.

Similarly, while the projected population of AP in 2017 is 5.25 crore, 5.14 crore Aadhaar cards have been generated. To add to the confusion, the Pulse Survey in bifurcated AP established the state’s population at 4.7 crore. “The population of AP in 2017 (based on 2011census) may be slightly over projected. Due to the huge migration to US and other countries from Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts, many may not have enrolled in the survey,” said an official, justifying why the survey numbers were lower than the projected 2017 AP population.

UIDAI officials have also stumbled onto 10 lakh Aadhaar cards of original residents of AP, that were generated with addresses in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts. A UIDAI official said: “It is believed that those who migrated to Hyderabad or were living temporarily with kith and kin for study and job purposes registered initially in Hyderabad and post bifurcation moved to AP and registered there.”


Vidyut

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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