UIDAI clarifies on notices issued in Hyderabad

Notices issued to 127 persons in city after receiving police reports that they had obtained cards after submitting false documents

By Author  |  Published: 19th Feb 2020  11:40 amUpdated: 20th Feb 2020  1:19 am

Hyderabad: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday clarified that it had issued notices of inquiry to 127 persons in the city asking them to appear before the enquiry officer for verification and that it had nothing to do with the citizenship issue as such.

In a press release, tweeted from its official Twitter handle and which began saying that ‘Aadhaar is not a citizenship document’, the UIDAI said its Regional Officer received reports from the State Police that 127 people had obtained Aadhaar on false pretenses as in their preliminary enquiry they were found to be illegal immigrants who were not qualified to obtain an Aadhaar card.

“As per the Aadhaar Act, such Aadhaar numbers are liable to be cancelled. Therefore, the RO Hyderabad has sent notices to them to appear in person and to substantiate their claims for getting an Aadhaar number,” the Authority said.

After the replies were received and examined, if it was proved that any of them had obtained Aadhaar by submitting false documents or through false pretenses, it would be liable to be cancelled or suspended depending on the severity of the transgression. Severe errors like forged documents, etc., would lead to appropriate actions, including suspending/cancelling the Aadhaar.

The notices, which had kicked up a furore over social media, had nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number was in no way related to the nationality of any resident, the UIDAI said.

Reiterating that Aadhaar was not a document of citizenship and that the UIDAI was mandated under the Aadhaar Act to ascertain residency of a person in India for 182 days prior to applying for Aadhaar, it said the Supreme Court had directed UIDAI not to issue Aadhaar to illegal immigrants.

On the notices issued in Hyderabad, it said since it may take them some more time to collect their original documents that they had submitted for obtaining Aadhaar, as informed by the State Police, the UIDAI had postponed the personal hearing to May 2020.

Bias against Dalits, Muslims: Owaisi

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused the UIDAI authorities of bias against Dalits and Muslims. Reacting to the UIDAI notice controversy, he said the UIDAI did not follow due procedure and abused its power, which resulted in panic among the people.

“First, @UIDAI has no power to verify citizenship. It has few powers to look into some cases of Aadhaar being granted incorrectly (rules 27 & 28). The deputy director in this case made it about verifying citizenship – which they aren’t empowered to do. The words used in the notice are verification of citizenship (not validity of Aadhaar). So will UIDAI suspend the Deputy Director who issued this notice?” Owaisi asked in a tweet.

On UIDAI saying the notices were issued following reports from the police, Owaisi asked the Telangana DGP to confirm if his department had shared a list of 127 names with the UIDAI and on what grounds.

It may be recalled that in October 2019, the Task Force had raided a MeeSeva in Bhavaninagar in Talabkatta and caught two persons. Similarly some more ‘illegal immigrants’ found possessing Aadhaar cards were caught in Balapur and Kanchanbagh in the old city.







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