Bengaluru woman gets Aadhaar without biometrics for pension
The 65-year-old lost her hands and vision due to leprosy
A 65-year-old Bengaluru woman, who lost her hands and vision due to leprosy, was enrolled for an Aadhaar card without the mandatory biometrics of her iris and fingerprints to restore her monthly welfare pension, her doctor said.
“Sajida Begum, who has been living at the Leprosy Hospital in Bengaluru, was enrolled on Tuesday for an Aadhaar card as a special case without biometrics, as she had lost her fingers and vision due to leprosy,” the hospital’s administrative medical officer, Dr. Ayub Ali Khan Zai, said. Ms. Begum, who had contracted leprosy at a young age, had been living at the Karnataka government-run hospital for over a decade.
“I receive about ₹1,000 pension every month, which stopped coming for the past four months,” Ms. Begum said.
Letter from the bank
“She had complained to us few days ago that she was not receiving her monthly pension. We were later told that she had received a letter from the bank asking her to link her pension account with the Aadhaar number,” the doctor said. The Staterun Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) requires one to provide biometric information — 10 fingerprints and two iris scans and a facial photograph — to be issued with an Aadhaar card.
The existing rules made Ms. Begum incapable of receiving an Aadhaar number, and thereby her pension.
With the hospital authorities approaching the local UIDAI centre, Ms. Begum and six others from the Leprosy Hospital were considered as special cases and were enrolled for the identity number.