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Around 3,858 Aadhaar Cards Don’t Have Human Photos: Report

The goof ups in the Aadhaar project continues: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has apparently issued around 3,858 Aadhaar letters with photos of trees, animals or buildings in place of the photos of individuals, reports Hindustan Times. The report states that UIDAI has detected around 19,493 total mismatch cases till now, which includes 14,817 cases of the Aadhar letter bearing the photo of wrong individuals, 653 letters with photo mismatch on slips and 165 acknowledgement slips with photos of non-humans. UIDAI has reportedly attributed the error in the photos to a wrong algorithm used by the printing software to select the photos. Verification System Still Not in Place? Its worth noting that this is not the first such goof up by UIDAI. In April 2012, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had apparently issued an an Aadhaar card to a fictitious Mr Kothimeer (coriander) with a photo of a mobile phone. In May 2012, the Indian Postal Department had apparently sent back around 50,000 Aadhaar cards issued in Hyderabad to The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), citing non-existing addresses. In January 2013, UIDAI had reportedly issued thousands of Aadhaar cards for the second timefor the same people, as indicated by a Deccan Chronicle report. These instances makes you wonder on what kind of processes the UIDAI has put into place, especially considering that the program hopes to be a single unique identity system for Indian citizens in the future. Services that Mandate Aadhar: Government organisations like Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation are mandating Aadhar for employees to receive their salary and several employees did not receive their salary for the month…

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