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'Denial of benefit over lack of Aadhaar is violation of norms'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Denial of benefits because of lack of or problems in its authentication is violation of norms and the violators should be punished, CEO Bhushan Pandey said today.

The Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) -- the agency responsible for issuing the 12-digit number -- termed the assertion by some activists who doubted removing bogus beneficiaries as "distorted".


It went on to term the activists' claims targeting as statements made with "malafide intent".

"Their inferences arise from a skewed approach and draws misconstrued interpretations to pass off incorrect assumptions on Aadhaar," Pandey said in an e-mailed statement.

He termed as a technology for people's empowerment and not as a tool for exclusion or denial.

Stating that so far over 116 crore people have the 12- digit unique identification number and almost 99 per cent adults have been covered under it, Pandey said the Act itself "mandates that not even one person be denied of benefits for the lack of Aadhaar".

He said regulations too cast a "responsibility" on the agency requiring the identification number to enrol its beneficiary and provide the individual with benefits till the person is given

The Act also provides for statutory protection to those who are unable to authenticate because of worn-out fingerprints or other reasons such as technical faults.

Pandey clarified that in case a person has difficulty in getting fingerprints authenticated on a machine, he and she has the option to provide a copy of the card and can receive the benefits till the system is rectified.

"The field agencies have been accordingly instructed through the notifications issued by the In spite of this, if a person is denied because he does not have or he is unable to biometrically authenticate, it is undisputedly a violation of instructions issued by the and such violators have to be punished," he said.

To claim that is responsible for denial of benefits is nothing but a "misconstrued fact presented with malafide intent", he said.

"... Such denial-related offences at the local level have to be dealt by local law enforcements," Pandey pointed out.

Asserting that distribution of benefits through authentication makes it harder to fudge records and deny genuine beneficiaries, he pointed out that overall the system brings greater accountability and empowerment as it makes impersonation and denial of rights more difficult.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 21:42 IST
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