She said despite repeated requests, the Centre did not resolve the problem. Of 9 crore people in the state, more than 2.5 crore people have not received their Aadhaar cards. The problem started after the Centre decided to complete the procedure of issuing Aadhar cards by August 31. She said the state government would launch massive campaign involving all sections of people including students urging the people to maintain cool. “The Centre has failed to resolve the issue and on the contrary has made Aadhar cards mandatory for many of its projects,” Banerjee said. It may be mentioned that she had raised the issue during her meeting with the Prime Minister in Delhi recently. She maintained that non availability of Aadhaar cards was creating serious law and order problem.
Meanwhile, one policeman was injured and a couple of rooms of Uluberia Municipality were damaged by a crowd that had gathered outside the municipality hoping to get Aadhaar cards. Some vehicles that had been parked outside the municipality were damaged. The agitators blocked the road for over two hours. A large contingent of police went to the spot to bring the situation under control.
The trouble after the municipality authorities told the residents that they would get their cards on Tuesday. Over a thousand people had gathered outside the municipality from early morning to receive their Aadhaar cards. They became furious after the civic authorities expressed their inability to issue cards on Tuesday. The situation was brought under control after senior police officers intervened and told the people that they would get their cards soon.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is also the health minister made surprise visits to Chittaranjan Sishu Sadan and Chittaranjan national Cancer Institute (CNCI) in Bhowanipore. She talked to the parents of the children who were admitted to the Sishu Sadan and those who had come for checkups. She inquired whether they were getting all medicines or not. She then went to CNCI and talked to both indoor and outdoor patients. She also talked to the doctors and para medical staffs.