lDC CORRESPONDENT | September 07, 2014, 06.09 am IST
Nellore: Unique Identification Authority of India deleted 62,066 Aadhaar cards pertaining to Nellore district due to absence of palm print data. The removal came to light after the district officials contacted UIDAI when they could not find Aadhaar data for seeding with list of beneficiaries under various schemes as per the government order. There are 2,58,403 beneficiaries under pension (widow, old age and disabled) schemes, white ration cards and NREGS. Seeding has been completed in case of 1,75,000 beneficiaries.
The balance includes those without cards or waiting for cards after enrolment apart from those deleted by UIDAI.Interestingly, there is no trace of around 15,000 beneficiaries. Mandal level official attributed the imbroglio to the mad rush for enrolment because of deadline fixed in 2009.However, they are baffled over the huge number of enrolments without palm prints. Meanwhile, UIDAI advised the authorities to go for fresh enrolment for the deleted.
Administration is in a fix because the government had fixed September 10 as deadline for the seeding of Aadhaar with the details of the beneficiaries of welfare schemes. According to district collector N. Srikant, all the cancelled cards have been issued in 2009 and taking advantage of a provision to enroll disabled without palm prints. He said that the beneficiaries whose cards have been deleted can enroll afresh in the Aadhaar centres located in every mandal headquarters.
He said that the pensioners may have to wait for a month to receive the card and avail the benefit.Meanwhile, those with deleted cards are up in arms against the officials for asking them to enroll once again though it is not their fault.
Old age pensioners Bommireddy Shankar Reddy and Jayamma of Manubolu questioned the rationale behind subjecting them to the ordeals. Mr Reddy said that they had a tough time in enrolling their names in the past while expressing worry over the situation.