Bengaluru woman gets Aadhaar with­out bio­met­rics for pen­sion

The 65-year-old lost her hands and vi­sion due to le­prosy

The Hindu - - SOUTH - Indo-Asian News Ser­vice

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.

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