The Govt Of India’s prestigious project Aadhaar (UIDAI), which is headed by the ex CEO of InfoSys Technologies, is not getting any momentum in the citizens of India. The project recently got the financial approvals from the Planning Commission Of India. The government is trying to put pressure on citizens to enroll for Aadhaar and some times it is even threatening to discontinue the LPG connections if they were not enrolled. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry of India has recently brought in an amendment to its Liquefied Petroleum Gas Order 2000 making the Unique Identification Number (UID) under the Aadhaar project must for availing LPG refills. The move as said by the officials is aimed at preventing multiple connections and availing cylinders in third party name and to clean up the LPG consumer base, as the government was spending heavily on subsidising the domestic LPG cylinders.
The PNG Ministry in its circular dated October 13, 2011 has announced the amendment to the LPG Regulation of Supply and Distribution order 2011. The Ministry’s decision is published in the Gazette of India via a notification on September 26, to make Petroleum Corporations sensitise distributors on Aadhaar card for availing refills. The amended order reads as follows “No distributor of a Government Oil Company shall supply LPG cylinder to any household unless the head of such a household furnishes Aadhaar number of each member of his or her household to the distributor within three months from the date of notification of such area”. Consumers will be given reasonable time to comply with the directive and advised to enroll for Aadhaar during the notification time.