Villagers residing close to the Mulliyaru river near Thiruthuraipoondi in the district were in for a shock on Thursday when they found undelivered Aadhaar cards numbering around 2,000 dumped on the river bed. What stunned them was that many of them could actually recover their own cards after rummaging through the heap.
The cards, which were stocked in four gunny bags, were discovered by some children who were playing on the riverbank. On being informed, revenue authorities from Thiruthuraipoondi rushed to the spot and recovered the cards. They found that all the cards had names, addresses and photos of the people from nearby villages such as Kattimedu ,Aathirangam, Vadapathi and Sekal.
Tahsildar R Rajan Babu told that the cards were undelivered ones and it was difficult to read the names and addresses on them as they were damaged. “People can now apply and get Aadhaar cards directly from e-centres by downloading them. However, two years ago it was done by private agencies outsourced by the government. These agencies usually send the card to the people through the postal department. So, these cards must have been printed two years ago and dumped either by the agency or postal staff”, Rajan Babu said. When asked as to how the villagers would have got benefits from government schemes and welfare measures without their Aadhaar card, the tahsildar said that they would have completed the required transactions with the help of the enrolment number thinking that the cards were not yet ready. When contacted, a senior official from the Trichy head post office dismissed any chance of postal staff dumping Aadhaar cards.
“If the cards were inside pasted covers with the postal seal we could have come to the conclusion that our staff were involved. However, in this case, all the cards were found without any cover. So, it is the revenue authorities who have to explain”, he said. Based on a complaint lodged by village administrative officer Abbas Manthiri, Thiruthuraipoondi police have registered a case and commenced investigation.
(source : TOI)