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Telangana intensive household survey: People in the grip of panic
Chief Minister of Telangana has said that only people who are enrolled in the house hold survey to be held on Aug. 19th, 2014 will be eligible for the various welfare schemes. Because of which thousands belonging to this newly-formed State currently residing in other States are rushing to their native places carrying required documents of the family members to enroll in the state-wide survey.

As per the check list, one has to keep ready about 16 documents to fill the form of the survey which are as follows:

Bill copy of the water connection, property tax receipt, LPG connection-cash voucher, electricity bill, post office savings/bank pass book, Aadhaar card, copies of birth, caste, RC Book of vehicle(s) owned, Pattedar Pass book and Title Deed, Ration Card, Voter ID Card, Mobile Phone Bill, PAN card, Weaker section housing certificate/allotment order, house property document copy and if any pension pass book etc.copy.

The enumerator will check the bills of water connection, property tax and electricity bill and copies of the birth, caste, and physically-challenged certificates has to be furnished to them. If one fails to furnish anyone of the requisite documents he/she will be deprived of the benefits?

Most of the details requested by the State Government from the one who is supposed to be enrolled is already available with the UIDAI and ECI authorities. The State Government can write to them and collect the information instead putting the people to further hardship.

Till a year back the people were put to hardship due to the LPG subsidy and other schemes and made them run from pillar to post to enroll and get the Aadhaar card. Thanks to the PIL, responding to which the Supreme Court gave a ruling that, mere on the basis of non-possession of Aadhar Card a person cannot be deprived of the government benefits. Later on, the Central government did inform the Court that Aadhaar card is not mandatory.

Against such ruling of the highest court of India, is it not wrong on the part of the State Government to deny the benefits of various schemes to those who have not been able to get enrolled for want of certain documents?

The people will face problems due to non-possession of certain bills, certificates etc at the time when enumeration takes place. For example, the tenant cannot produce copies of water bills, property tax receipts, property documents and people who have born in other states and migrated decade back or above will not be in position to produce their birth certificates, etc.

As the state government of Telangana is firm on going ahead with the survey it should allow the people to produce whatever document available with at the time enumerator visit their place. One hopes that, the State government will consider and relax the norms laid immediately and reduce the burden on the people.

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