Source: Pune Mirror

District Planning Development Council (DPDC) in a meeting held on Monday has decided to provide Aadhaar cards for senior citizen based on retina recognition only. The move comes after several people from the age group faced issues with fingerprint impressions, which often were not recognised due to their faded appearances.

Besides this flexible allowing, the council has also pushed for home scanning service for the elderly and sick people. The operators will visit homes and charge a minimum amount for the services rendered. The card attainment process will also be padded by a helpline for senior citizens.

The improvements have followed Kothrud MLA Megha Kulkarni’s objections during a meeting headed by guardian minister Girish Bapat. District collector Saurabh Rao, Pune Municipal Corporation’s additional municipal commissioner Prerna Deshbhratar, members of Parliament (MP) Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil (Shirur), Anil Shirole (Pune) and Shrirang Barne (Maval) were part of the discussion. Additional chief executive officer of Pune Zilla Parishad Yashwant Shitole, state minister Dilip Kamble and other MLAs and MLCs were also present for the meeting during which DPDC approved the Rs 762-crore plan.

Bapat, after hearing senior citizens’ grievances, asked Pune district administration to act on the issue. District collector Rao further informed that they will exclude finger impression while issuing the Aadhaar cards to senior citizens. He also announced that a helpline will facilitate home services and troubleshoot other problems. Rao also assured an increase in the number of Aadhaar machines in the city within next 15 days.

The collector’s office has received several complaints from senior citizens, claiming that due to old age their fingerprints faded along with wear and tear of skin around. The fingerprint scanner would often fail to register information. With the new order, senior citizens have now been exempted from the scanning. The Unique Identification Authority of India has already exempted rag pickers and daily wage labourers from fingerprint scanning.


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