Bombay High Court Asks Government For Aadhaar Compliance Regarding Prisoners

The identity evidence of every resident person in India is known as Aadhaar. It is complete proof of your originality and residential status in India. On a daily basis, the population of the country is very growing exponentially. This is the reason, Union Government of India established UIDAI in 2009 to perform all the tasks and duties necessary to start the enrollment process in all states of the country. The enrollment process is done via thousands of Aadhaar centers set up in various parts of the country. Within quite a short period of time, a big percentage of India’s population has been enrolled with the UIDAI system. Aadhaar card is issued only to those people of India, who are inside the country for at least 182 days in a year. We would like to make it clear that Aadhaar is not for NRI (Non-Resident Indian).

The process to obtain an Aadhaar card is very straightforward and simple. Just located your nearest Aadhaar center or Aadhaarkendra to get enrolled. Supporting documents are very crucial if you want your Aadhaar application to be accepted without any issues. Once your application is received, you will get an Aadhaar card within 90 days from the date of application. Please keep in mind that the enrollment process is 100% free from the Government. The purpose of this is to bring as many people to the UIDAI database as possible. At the time of the Aadhar application, the data entry officer in the Aadhar Kendra will take your demographic as well as biometric details. Make sure you provide all information and documents correct so that you will not find any problems in the future.

Aadhaar is an important document as discussed. Keeping in view the current devastating impact of Covid-19, Aadhar is asked at the various hospitals for treatment and admission. Though, the requirement of Aadhaar in hospitals has been relaxed. Still, the importance of this document cannot be ignored. So far, there is no treatment available for corona-affected people. The only solution is to maintain social distancing, wearing a facial mask, and corona vaccination. The corona vaccination for people above 18, 45, and 60 years of age is in the process. These people have to register for vaccination by using his or her Aadhaar number. But the case of prisoners is quite different. They cannot visit the Aadhaar enrollment center for enrollment, data updates, or corrections. Prisoners cannot be released even for an hour due to legal issues and the severity of crimes they have done.

The high court of Maharashtra has taken Suo Motu notice regarding the Aadhaar mandate for vaccination of prisoners. The containment of the Covid-19 among prisoners is equally important as any other person in society. The high court believes that though Aadhaar is crucial to track the vaccine status of every individual but inmates are also part of our society. As most of the prisoners do not have an Aadhaar card, they should not be denied vaccination just on this ground.