The preparation of the UID card is in danger of falling into the ‘middleman’ trap as residents of villages close to Jaipur have complained they had to stump up money to get the document, which should come free.
The complaints have been reported from a UID camp held in a village 25 km from Jaipur. The villagers said some persons charged Rs. 60-70 from them at the camp site on the pretext of filling in the form and completing other formalities.
A woman alleged she had to pay Rs. 120.
While the staff at the camp denied the allegations, the villagers said they paid Rs. 50 for work on the form and other processes to be gone through, and R10 for the lamination of the receipt for the UID.
They have, however, not been issued any paper for the money they paid.
“I applied for the UID of my daughters. A person sitting at the camp site, claiming to be from the government, charged Rs. 120 for filling in the form,” said Guddi Khan, 42, a resident of Nai Ki Thadi village. She said her mother-in-law too had to pay Rs. 60.
When contacted, sub-divisional magistrate (Amer) Bhagirath Singh Hawa said he had received similar complaints. “We sent a team to inquire into the complaints. Initially nothing concrete came out but we will get the matter examined thoroughly,” he said.
Babu Khan, a local Janata Dal worker, said: “When we complained to the authorities, the person who was filling up the forms and collecting money vanished. The staff at the camp expressed ignorance about the money being charged but they are all hand-in-glove.”