The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on September 5, 2018 asserted that schools cannot refuse admission to students for lack of Aadhaar Card.
The authority asserted that denial of admission on such grounds is “invalid” and is not permitted under the law.
• The UIDAI pressed the schools to ensure that no children are denied their due benefits or rights in lieu of Aadhaar.
• It also insisted schools to coordinate with local banks, post offices, State education department and district administration to facilitate special camps in their premises for Aadhaar enrolment and updation.
• It clarified that till Aadhaar number is assigned or biometrics is updated for such students, all facilities should be extended through alternate means of identification.
What led UIDAI to make such declaration?
The announcement came after the UIDAI came to know about various instances where some schools are refusing admission in absence of Aadhaar Card.
The move is expected to come as a major relief to parents and students who have been facing difficulties due to schools insisting on Aadhaar number during admission.
• UIDAI was founded in 2009 under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime with former Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani as its chairman. Nilekani resigned in 2014.
• Unique identification project was initially started by the Planning Commission as an initiative that would provide identification for each resident across the country.
• It is used primarily as the basis for efficient delivery of welfare services. It also acts as a tool for effective monitoring of various programs and schemes of the Government.
• It is the organisation behind the Aadhaar, a 12 digit unique number linked with an individual’s demographic and biometric information. Aadhaar serves as the proof of identity and address anywhere in India.
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