The UIDAI faced flack from the public after three Hyderabadis belonging to the minority community were “asked to prove their citizenship” by the authorities.
The notices that were issued on 3rd February stated that the UIDAI’s regional office received “a complaint/allegation” that the targetted people were not Indian citizens. It also stated that according to the complaint/allegation, the people under the lens had obtained Aadhaar card using fake documents.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Tuesday clarified that it has, in fact, sent such notices to over 127 people and not just three. The Aadhaar issuing authority also stated that the notice has nothing to do with citizenship.
“It may be noted that the regional office Hyderabad received reports from the state police that 127 people have obtained Aadhaar on false pretenses, as in their preliminary inquiry they were found illegal immigrants who were not qualified to obtain an Aadhaar number,” the UIDAI said.
As per the Aadhaar Act, such Aadhaar numbers need to be canceled. “Therefore, the regional office Hyderabad has sent notices to them to appear in person and to substantiate their claims for getting an Aadhaar number,” the UIDAI said.
The Supreme Court has directed the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to refrain from providing Aadhaar card to illegal immigrants.
“Aadhaar is not a document of citizenship and UIDAI has been mandated under the Aadhaar Act to ascertain residency of a person in India for 182 days prior to applying for Aadhaar,” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said in a statement.
The UIDAI clarified that these notices have “nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident”.
“Sometimes it becomes necessary to cancel the Aadhaar number when it is found that a resident has obtained it by submitting false biometrics or documents. It is a routine quality improvement process that the UIDAI takes up regularly,” the Aadhaar issuing authority said.
The 127 recipients of the notice have been asked to produce before the UIDAI Deputy Director in Hyderabad on 20th February. However, they have been provided with additional time to present the required documents to the authority.
“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 has postponed the personal hearing to May 2020,” the authority added.
The UIDAI issued a detailed explanation as to why it had issued notices to some members of the minority community. This happened after it faced a lot of criticism by the public over the notices.