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UID machines irk seniors

The government should have thought of an alternative for those whose fingerprints or iris are not being read by machines set up at unique identification (UID) centres, said senior citizens.

delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2011 22:51 IST
Neelam Pandey

The government should have thought of an alternative for those whose fingerprints or iris are not being read by machines set up at unique identification (UID) centres, said senior citizens.

The machines are not being able to read the lines on the “dry hands” of those above 65 years of age.

“The government should have given a thought about these possibilities before implementing the scheme. They say it is for the aam aadmi, then why is it that we are being harassed,” said SK Bhalla, a resident of Greater Kailash I.

“I was told that I didn’t fulfil the criteria for a UID card. I thought there must have been a technical glitch so I went to the centre thrice on Monday. I soon realised that many were facing similar problems,”he added.

The Resident Welfare Association co-ordinating with the Delhi government for the smooth implementation of the scheme has decided to take up the matter with the government.

“The scheme has been going on for two months and so many review meetings have taken place but it seems that the government is not carrying out inspection at UID centres properly,”said Rajiv Kakaria, member of GK I RWA.

“So many senior citizens must have returned empty handed thinking they didn’t meet the criteria. So much money is being invested in the project. The government should come up with alternatives. We, on our part, have collected the unprocessed forms of senior citizens to show the government and ensure that the applications are processed,” he added.

AK Walia, Delhi revenue minister, had earlier exhorted all agencies concerned to speed up enrollment work of UID-AADHAR numbers in the city.