The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which issues Aadhaar (12 digit unique number) has issued notice to illegal holders. UIDAI’s Hyderabad office on Tuesday sent notices to 127 people for allegedly obtaining Aadhaar numbers on “false pretenses”.
Police input made UIDAI issue notice in name of these 127 peoples. On preliminary inquiry, it was found that the 127 people are illegal immigrants. As per UIDAI, they are not qualified to obtain an Aadhaar number.
The Supreme Court, in its landmark decision earlier has directed the UIDAI not to issue Aadhaar to illegal immigrants. “Aadhaar is not a document of citizenship and UIDAI has been mandated under the Aadhaar Act to ascertain residency of a person in India for 182 days prior to applying for Aadhaar”, said UIDAI in its statement.
The UIDAI clarified that notices have nothing to do with citizenship and cancellation of Aadhaar number is in no way related to the nationality of any resident. The 127 people have been asked to appear before the UIDAI deputy director in Hyderabad for a personal hearing on Thursday.
Inputs from Livemint