Activists have alleged that the 11-year-old girl in Simdega district died of starvation as her family’s ration card was cancelled as it was not linked to Aadhaar. Terming the incident as “unfortunate”, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said this was not a case of denial of benefits because of Aadhaar, as the family had the 12-digit unique identification number since 2013.
Pandey said Section 7 of Aadhaar Act stipulates that the benefit shall be given on the basis of Aadhaar. However, he added that the Aadhaar Act was “absolutely clear” that no one would be denied benefits for lack of Aadhaar.
“Section 7 specifies that till Aadhaar number is prescribed, the benefits should be given through alternate means of identification,” Pandey said.
“The Jharkhand government has ordered a probe in the matter to find out the facts behind the unfortunate incident. I expect that person responsible for denial of benefits – inspite of Aadhaar card – will be held accountable and necessary action will be taken against such people by the state, so that it acts as a deterrent for future,” Pandey said. TNN
Source : timesofindia