Aadhaar not must to get ration: Government

NEW DELHI: Keen to prevent incidents such as the death of 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari in Simdega in Jharkhand, a little over a month ago for being refused ration from local PDS shops as the family’s Aadhaar number was allegedly not linked to ration cards, the Centre has reiterated that rations cannot be denied on this ground.

UIDAI had denied initial reports that the affected family did not have Aadhaar and said that the unique identity had been issued and the local administration was seen to be culpable for rations being denied.

Jharkhand food minister Saryu Rai later said he had instructed, in accordance with an Supreme Court order, that those who do not have Aadhaar card will also get rations.

The incident, however, had made the Centre take note of mistaken interpretation of the rules governing Aadhaar. The IT ministry also initiated another move to tackle the problem arising out of improper or failed capture of biometrics of aged people and their inability to register for Aadhaar.

The ministry has sent out directions to those registering citizens for Aadhaar cards to keep a separate register for elderly and other citizens whose fingerprints cannot be taken.

The Centre has directed all state governments to ensure that no “poor” is refused facilities meant for BPL and other categories of people, on the ground that they do not have a Aadhaar card or have not linked it to their ration cards or such other documents.

IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, whose ministry is responsible for running the Aadhaar facility said that in coordination with the food ministry he had written to all states to ensure that facilities are not denied to the poor.

“Absence of Aadhaar card shall not lead to denial of subsidised ration from ration shops to poor and other eligible people in the BPL category, etc, provided they can show alternative identity documents like voter ID card or something else” he said when asked about the issue.

 

 

 

Source by indiatimes..