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UIDAI allots Rs 200 crore for Aadhaar enrolment machines in schools

The UIDAI has put aside Rs 200 crore for states to fund Aadhaar enrolment machines in schools at taluka levels, reports The Economic Times. The funds will be used for enrolment and updation of Aadhaar for children through two machines per taluka.

Aadhaar enrolment and updation camps will be held at schools and the enrolment machines will be circulated from school to school. “This is to ensure that no child is denied right to education on account of not having Aadhaar,” CEO of UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI.

In June, the UIDAI had issued a circular ordering schools to not deny admission or other facilities to any child for want of Aadhaar, stating such denials to be “invalid” and “not permitted under the law.” At the same time, the UIDAI said that it is the responsibility of the school to conduct camps and enrol children for Aadhaar under the Aadhaar Act 2016.

The circular laid out the following:

  • It is the responsibility of schools to provide for Aadhaar enrolment and biometric updation of students without Aadhaar.
  • Schools have to organize camps in their premises in coordination with local banks,  post offices, state education department and district administration.
  • State governments are obligated to organize — through its educations department and district administration — Aadhaar enrolment camps in schools at least twice a year.
  • The state governments can also coordinate with banks and post-offices to organize the camps, or for students to be taken to local banks and post-offices for enrolment.

Students face issues over Aadhaar

  • The Delhi government has denied admission to children on the ground that they do not have an Aadhaar, according to multiple reports. In one instance, a child was refused admission even though the parents’ Aadhaar was available. In another, admission was denied because Aadhaar or the parents was not linked to their bank accounts. Read more here.
  • In April, Aadhaar numbers of  69,83,048 school-going children, with details of their school, class, medium (language) and date of birth were leaked from a government website. Read more here.
  • In July last year, a direction was issued to all States and Union Territories to ensure 100% Aadhaar enrolment of Students by 30th of September 2017. More here.

On May 10, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court reserved its judgment in the Aadhaar case which challenges the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. The judgment is expected soon.

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