Long queues at NPR enrolling centre irk Calangute residents


 Senior citizens from Calangute were irked over the National Population Register (NPR) enrolment drive at Calangute on Monday.
According to the residents, the senior citizens rushed to the NPR Centre at Calangute to get themselves covered by the drive only to wait in queues for hours. The senior citizens were aggrieved as few of them had to rush to the centre on their own.
The youth were however not seen around at the NPR enrolment centre, while middle aged citizens got themselves enrolled at the centre.
Residents said the two computers at the centre were inadequate to cover the huge populace of Calangute wards, forcing the citizens to wait in long queues.
The residents claimed that the senior citizens should have been provided a separate counter instead of forcing them to stand in long queues. The senior citizens however felt there was no need for another ID card system.
“We have done the Aadhaar card besides other cards by standing in long queues, but this one is very ridiculous as it serve no purpose. Why more and more details are required from the ordinary citizens,” asked a senior citizen and social worker, Eknath Nagvekar.
“The government has every detail of us through the Voter ID, ration card besides the Aadhaar card and why this once again,” further asked Nagvekar.
An 85-year-old woman said: “I went to the NPR Centre at 10 am and had to wait in long queue and it took me nearly 4 hours to get my single card registered. I did not get to eat and returned home at 3.30 pm. I just went for the card because I was told to do so, but what for I do not know.”
A youth said: “I am fed up with the ID cards and standing in long queues every now and then.” [H]