Chennai:Address-proof cards a big hit in city

Address-proof cards a big hit in city

11,127 Cards Issued By Postal Dept;

20,000 More Are Being Processed

Julie Mariappan | TNN

Chennai: MS Ramanujan, a senior postal department official, moved to Chennai from Sriharikota last year, but the rigmarole associated with shifting was a little more than what he had expected. Neither could he get an LPG connection nor a bank account as he didn’t possess any proof of residence.

The address-proof card, which the department of posts has come up with, is the brainchild of Ramanujam, who is now the postmaster-general. A total of 11,127 cards have been issued till date to Chennaiites; another 20,000 cards are in various stages of processing. So far, 70,000 applications have been sold out and another lakh of reprinted applications are on sale.
“The concept became a reality after a probe by field-level officials. The department wanted to enable the citizens to get a bonafide certificate for address, as our postmen alone have an intimate knowledge of the local people,” Ramanujam told TOI. The card also has details like date of birth, telephone and mobile numbers and blood group.

According to sources, over 100 applications reach the designated post offices every day. A Pushpa of Ramapuram, who moved here with her family from a southern district, considers the card a blessing. “All government departments demand proof of address to render their services, which is unreasonable,” she told TOI. Even taluk office requires the applicant, who seeks residential certificate, to stay in the said address for a minimum of two years.

The police, transport commissionerate, election department, civil supplies, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation, Southern Railway, LIC, BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Airport Authority of India, Regional Passport Officer and nationalised banks have been approached by postal officials to accept the card as bonafide proof.

“Except for Bank of Baroda, which asked for gazetted notification, no one has any problems with the card. In fact, passport officials are comfortable with applicants producing these cards,” sources said.

The department is planning to extend the scheme to tier-two cities like Tirunelveli and Salem and later to Kancheepuram and Dharmapuri. Details can be obtained from the business development cell (ph: 28594761) at the PMG’s office on Anna Salai.

PROOF POSITIVE
Taluk office requires the applicant, who seeks residential certificate, to stay in the stated address for a minimum of two years

The police, transport commissionerate, election department, civil supplies, Railways, BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone, Airport Authority of India, Passport Officer and nationalised banks have been informed by postal dept

The dept plans to extend the scheme to tier-two and tier-three cities

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