The Revenue Secretary and the Unique Identification Department of the Centre for e-Governance said they would look into the matter.
On 6 December, The New Indian Express reported that at a special enrolment camp held for the patients at Leprosy Hospital on Magadi Road by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Sajida and six others got their Aadhar card done.
The leprosy hospital medical officer, Dr Ayub Ali Khan Zai authenticated the biometric details for all the seven patients.
Sajida was given her pension for October – the treasury department assured that they had released her pension for September and November.
A permanent resident of the Leprosy Hospital, Sajida used to receive, Rs. 1,000 annuity every month. However, three months back, her pension was stopped because she did not possess an Aadhar card.
In August this year, she received a letter from the delegate tahsildar’s office in Rajajinagar. It stated that her pension would stop in seven days if she did not link her Aadhar card.
Sajida had no card as she did not have the required biometrics for the Aadhar. She had lost her fingers and her sight, to leprosy. With no relatives and family member to take care of her, Sajida was in desperate need of her money. Although Sajida’s problem has been solved, for the time being, the troubles that she went through are not something new. Many others with physical disabilities have suffered this kind of difficulties.
On account of the problems faced by parents of children with disabilities during the enrolment process, the Spastics Society of Karnataka conducted an Aadhar camp with the UIDAI some time back.
“Access to the centres is difficult, and there are problems when it comes to the biometric process. Children with autism, for example, need time to adjust to the settings and to cooperate. For those with spasticity, it comes into play during the process,” said Priya Rao, the Associate Director of Spastics Society of Karnataka.