Banks have been asked to set up one centre for every ten branches they operate.
UIDAI has notified in its official circular that failing to set up Aadhaar centres will attract a penalty of Rs 20,000 per month for every centre not opened before the given deadline.
Prior to this, the deadline for setting up Aadhaar enrollment centres was August 30. Reacting to this the banks asked for more time citing their engagement in the process of sourcing biometric devices, and identifying authorised agencies.
The Centre planned to set up the facility of Aadhaar service centres in a bid to boost the syncing of Aadhaar with the account numbers by December 31.
Bengaluru-headquartered PSU bank Canara Bank said it is opening 1040 Aadhaar centres all over India.
In Bengaluru, bank CEO Rakesh Sharma will open the first centre at the Jayanagar shopping complex branch on Sep 25, Monday. The entire city will have 18 centres, and all of them will be functional from October 1.
“We will provide the infrastructure and the centres will be run by authorised agencies,” said MM Chiniwar, General Manager, Canara Bank. “We are ready with the infrastructure. The Aadhaar agencies have to set up theirs,” he added.