56 hunger deaths, 25 by Aadhaar
Scholar-activists Reetika Khera and Siraj Dutta have listed 56 hunger deaths in 2015-18, compiling them from Google searches of English and Hindi news media. As many as 42 of the hunger deaths happened in 201718. As many as 25 related to Aadhaar: not getting grain from the PDS for failing to link ration cards to Aadhaar; not getting rations for failing Aadhaar-based biometric authentication, mandated in many states; and not getting pension for those reasons. Most deaths were reported in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh: 16 each. Khera and Dutta are distressed that hunger deaths have not received enough attention to pressure the government to act. The supreme court has made note of these facts in its verdict, reiterating that nobody should be denied welfare benefits in the absence of Aadhaar.
A famine photo from the 1970s