Sunil Nayak may have waited for around fourteen months now for his Aadhaar card to be delivered to his village address at Ghansar Muvadi in Halol taluka of Panchmahals district, little knowing that his unique identification card was dumped apparently by the postman who was supposed to deliver it to his address.
Nayak’s card, which was issued on April 18, 2014, was one of the thirty eight such Aadhaar cards that were dumped in a farm land at Dhansar village in Halol before being delivered. Locals spotted the dump of Aadhaar cards on Monday evening and informed the mamlatdar office.
Apparently, the postman who was responsible to deliver the cards to Nayak and others in villages around Halol decided instead to dump and destroy them. Panchmahals collector and Superintendent of Post Offices in Godhra on Tuesday initiated inquiry into the matter.
Collector P Bharthi said that she has talked to the Postmaster General of Vadodara region about complaints that she has received from villagers regarding their Aadhaar cards having not been delivered to them months after getting issued. Aadhaar cards are delivered by the India Post.
Bharthi said that the district administration has also offered help to the Postmaster General regarding delivery of the cards using local administration mechanism in case the postmen found it hard to reach the address given in the cards. Several cards are being lost while being delivered, she said.
“We have initiated an inquiry headed by the SDM. We have also talked to the Postmaster General of Vadodara region regarding a lot of complaints that we have received from villagers that their Aadhaar cards have not reached them. A lot of people have not received their cards. We have offered support to the India Post in delivering the cards in case they found the address difficult to access,” she said.
Superintendent of Post Offices, Godhra, AB Jadhav said that an inquiry has been launched by the postal department and the postman responsible for the dump will be suspended for dereliction of duty.
“The inspector of Halol post office has visited the site where the cards were dumped and an inquiry is on in the matter. Action will be taken against the postman who would have thrown away the cards. The postman is being identified,” Jadhav said. Centre has recently decided to link a parson’s Aadhaar cards to several government schemes such as to the bank accounts being opened under the PM’s Jan Dhan Yojana and subsidized LPG gas, other than to the voter ID.