The Union Home Ministry has issued directions to prison authorities across the country to make inmates “Aadhaar seeded” in a move that would bring over 4 lakh prisoners under the ambit of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It has also asked jail officials to use Aadhaar for identifying visitors to prisons.
In a recent communication to state governments and the director-general of prisons, Dilip Kumar, joint secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, wrote: “Considering the fact that 109 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued, which covers almost 99 per cent of adult population, it has been felt that prison inmates should also be Aadhaar seeded…”
In a separate communication, the Home ministry has advised the prison departments of states and union territories to use Aadhaar for identifying visitors in order “to ensure that only authorized individuals avail such facility”.
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