Doorstep Aadhaar enrolment for differently abled in DK, says DC

Source: DHNS | Published on 18th October 2021, 1:06 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said a doorstep Aadhaar enrollment campaign will be soon launched for differently abled people across the district.

The deputy commissioner said he had decided to launch the campaign after realising that many bed-ridden people with multiple disabilities and victims of endosulfan poisoning in the district did not have Aadhaar cards.

Caregivers of children and adults with multiple disabilities are struggling as the software refuses to complete the enrollment process until both iris and fingerprint scans are done.

The caregivers of differently abled people cannot approach gram panchayat office or post office for Aadhaar card enrolment as the staff at the enrollment centres become annoyed when they fail to register the biometric data despite many attempts. “Such failed attempts also increases anxiety level of people with disabilities,” Rajendra said.

“As all social security schemes had been linked with Aadhaar card, many persons with disabilities were not able to access the welfare schemes. Thus we decided to launch the doorstep Aadhaar enrollment,” Rajendra said on the sidelines of DC’s ‘Grama Vastavya’ programme organised at Kukkujadka in Sullia taluk on Saturday.

Karnataka government differently abled employees association, DK, President Shivappa Rathod said the campaign was a need-of-the hour. Shivappa said due to lack of awareness on separate guidelines for issuing Aadhaar cards to differently abled people, many persons with disabilities did not get Aadhaar cards.

He recollected how a girl in Narimogru village in Puttur taluk had complained to him about the local post office refusing to issue an Aadhaar card as she had no hands.

“I had contacted the post master and told him to collect 10 toeprints instead of fingerprints scan,” Shivappa told DH when contacted. Due to lack of awareness very few enrollments had been done at homes, he added.

Shivappa, welcoming the campaign, said the Aadhaar card will help differently-abled people to enroll for Unique Disability Identity (UDID) card (mandatory for subscribing to welfare schemes) and MGNREGA scheme for employment. All associations should extend co-operation to the campaign, he urged.

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