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For 63-year-old, a desperate search for a disabled-friendly Aadhaar centre

"What will happen to my mother’s bank account or her passport if we are not able to link them with Aadhaar? We are at our wit’s end on how to get an Aadhaar card," said her son

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Updated: November 13, 2017 1:48 pm
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As the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various utilities like telephone and bank accounts approaches — it is December 31 — senior citizen Razia Malik finds herself in a fix. Malik, who is differently-abled, is yet to find an Aadhaar enrolment centre which has barrier-free access. Malik, who underwent a spinal cord surgery in 2012, has limited mobility and moves around in a customised wheelchair. Over the last few years, several enrolment centres had mushroomed in various parts of the city, but many of them have closed down.

Malik’s ordeal started when the December 31 deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar was announced. Her son Tausif said they realised the seriousness of the problem when her mobile phone operator started sending out messages warning that the service would be disconnected if she failed to provide her Aadhaar details. “Initially, we looked for enrollment centres located nearby, but most had closed down… the nearest such centre, at Kausarbaug, has been non-functional since many months,” said Tausif.

The only functional centre in Kondhwa was operating out of a small shop, which had no access for a wheelchair-bound person, he said. “There are 18 steps which lead to the centre… and there is no way to accommodate a wheelchair,” he said. The Maliks then sought help from Sainath Babar, the local corporator. “Babar called up many enrolment centres, but none had barrier-free access. None were ready even to come home to enroll my mother and record her biometric details,” said Tausif.
Tausif also took to social media to seek help. “I had emailed Niti Ayog… I also went on Twitter and other social media platforms to seek help, but nothing happened… I had even started a trend — #AadharforDisabled — to draw attention to the problem but it is yet to yield any results,” he said.

As the Aaadhar deadline is only a few weeks away, the Mailks say that they are feeling increasingly helpless in the matter. “What will happen to my mother’s bank account or her passport if we are not able to link them with Aadhaar? We are at our wit’s end on how to get an Aadhaar card for her and it is proving to be an impossible task,” he said.

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    Nov 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Pl contact RO mumbai in this regards UIDAI Regional Office, Mumbai UIDAI Regional Office, 7th Floor, MTNL Exchange Building, G.D. Somani Marg, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai - 400 005 Contact No: 022-22163492 They can able to provide all required support
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      Nov 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm
      The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help the person concerned. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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        Nov 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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          Nov 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm
          A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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            Nov 13, 2017 at 3:28 pm
            The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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              Nov 13, 2017 at 3:32 pm
              The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. A five-judge Consti-tution bench of the Supreme Court will hear peti-tions related to Aadhaar including those for scrapping the Aadhaar Act, stopping biometric profiling, halting bank and mobile databases seeding with Aadhaar, etc. in the last week of November 2017.
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