Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said that no children should be denied admission and other facilities due to want of Aadhaar. This comes after instances of children not being admitted to schools due to lack of Aadhaar have come to light.
In a circular titled, “No denial of admission in schools for want of Aadhaar and Organising Special Aadhaar Enrolment/update camps at schools”, issued on Wednesday, it is mentioned that for students who are yet get an Aadhaar number or whose biometrics in Aadhaar database is not updated, it shall be the responsibility of the schools under Regulation 12A of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations to arrange for Aadhaar enrolments and biometric update.
“It is the responsibility of the schools to organise special camps in their premises in coordination with local banks, post offices, state education department and district administration,” said Ajay Bhushan, CEO, UIDAI.
Students are asked for their Aadhaar number for availing admissions, obtaining scholarships, attending various Boards’ and other examinations and participating in various competitive examinations. Also, mandatory update of biometrics in Aadhaar is required for children on attaining the age of 5 and 15 years to ascertain validity of their Aadhaar number assigned earlier.
UIDAI, also mentioned that to avoid any hardship to children or their parents in availing school admission and other benefits in getting Aadhaar, it is obligatory on State Government/s to arrange through its education department and district administration to organise enrolment camp in all the schools, at least twice a year by making school-wise roster for the same.