Volunteers Cleaning Well Find Thousands of Aadhaar Cards Inside
Aadhaar cards to be made mandatory for filing income tax returns and applying for a PAN card.
Aadhaar cards to be made mandatory for filing income tax returns and applying for a PAN card. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/AlankitGroup)

Volunteers Cleaning Well Find Thousands of Aadhaar Cards Inside

A group of volunteers cleaning wells in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal found thousands of Aadhaar cards dumped inside on Sunday, 11 March The Times of India reported.

The Aadhaar cards were apparently packed in nylon bags and weighed down with rocks.

The place, Yavatmal in Maharashtra has been facing shortage of drinking water. After protests from women in the region, the district administration had banned the use of water at construction sites and ordered the municipal authorities to get hold of wells and clean them.

Some NGOs came forward to remove the garbage from some abandoned wells. One well in Sai Mandir premises in the Shinde Nagar area caught attention when the volunteers found plastic gunny bags filled with original Aadhaar cards while cleaning the well. The Aadhaar cards belonged to the residents of Lohara village.

PTI reports that while most of the cards were damaged beyond recognition, about 157 of them were only partially damaged and their unique identification number was readable. These were then taken in possession by tehsildar Sachin Shejal.

I have ordered the local municipal authority to check other abandoned wells in the city also and find out if Aadhaar cards or other important documents, sent to the postal department for prompt delivery, have been dumped there.
Sachin Shejal, the tehsildar told PTI

A complaint has been lodged with the district collector who has ordered a probe to look for where the cards came from. “We will not spare anyone found guilty of dereliction of duties,” the Times of India quoted the district collector as saying.

Central government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar cards with bank accounts and phone numbers to avail facilities provided by the government.

As reported by PTI, the district administration, ordering a probe into the matter, has also lodged an FIR against officials of the postal department. The cards which were recovered from the well, were issued between 2011 and 2014 by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Shejal told PTI.

(With inputs from PTI and The Times of India.)

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