'Allow Prisoners to Access Aadhaar, NPR'

Published: 27th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th October 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Home Ministry has said that Aadhaar will be a “single source of identity verification” and it can be used at multiple places to prove a person’s identity.

In a letter dated September 27 to all State home secretaries and Director General of Prisons, Joint Secretary S Suresh Kumar pointed out that the benefits of Aadhaar are many. A person’s Aadhaar number can be used while opening a bank account as it meets the ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) norms of the RBI. The card can also be used for booking tickets online, applying for passport and at many other places where there is a need to provide proof of identity.

“Aadhaar will give migrants universal mobility of identity. The government can now provide services to people, in a more effective manner,” the letter said.

Explaining that the programme will help poor people, the ministry said that as more and more government services are going to be linked to Aadhaar, it would be of utility to have an Aadhaar card. “Aadhaar will hence help the poor to take the benefits or the facilities provided to them by the government which could not be accessed by them earlier,” the ministry said.

The letter was written to State home secretaries and Director General of Prisons for allowing prisoners access to Aadhaar and the National Population Register in jails.

“Since a correctional home has a number of inmates who might have missed the enrolment process, it would be of immense value to offer this service to them as a welfare measure when they are released from the correctional home,” the ministry said.

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