Aadhaar Exclusions

Far from being a tool for enabling service delivery, Aadhaar actually enables nothing. On the contrary, the lack of an Aadhaar or a failure to validate Aadhaar can deny rightful recipients access to life essential services. From pensions to mid-day meals, Aadhaar being imposed recklessly is resulting in disenfranchisement of some of the most vulnerable citizens of the country.

Also see the map of Aadhaar exclusions.

Two boys on a concrete wall, overlooking rubbish in Dharavi. Two boys on a concrete wall, overlooking rubbish in Dharavi.

Even as the Union of India vociferously insists in the Supreme Court that no denial of entitlements happens due to a lack of Aadhaar, the reality on the ground is different. The latest attrocity in the name of preventing leakages is the denial of nutrition to those idenfitied as malnourished if they don’t provide an…

Read More Maharashtra to deny access to free nutrition to the malnourished if they don’t have an Aadhaar


The thoughtless implementation of Aadhaar has led countless operators to make investment in equipment (they had to purchase equipment – it was not provided by UIDAI for conducting enrolments) that is very specific to Aadhaar work, and the abrupt discontinuation of contracts, because UIDAI belatedly realizes that data being collected by private operators is problematic,…

Read More The plight of Aadhaar operators


In October 2017, the Jharkhand Government introduced a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) pilot for the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Nagri – a block on the outskirts of Ranchi. Instead of rice at Re 1 per kg at the ration shop, the PDS cardholders are to receive the subsidy (calculated at Rs 31.60 per kg)…

Read More Jharkhand Pilot for DBT of Food Subsidy a Dismal Failure


Telangana Benefit Disbursement Portal shows dropping authentication success ratio in 2018 with regard to NREGA and social pensions at 86.14% – it was 90.99% in December, 2017, and 91.87% in November, 2017. This is an average failure of at least 10% authentication, and growing in the last few months Of 10-15 lakh beneficiaries, every month…

Read More At least 10% failure in MNREGA payments in Telangana due to Aadhaar


The government hospital in Shahganj, in Jaunpur district Uttar Pradesh refused admission to a woman who was brought in an advanced state of labour. Even as her relatives begged and pleaded with the hospital authorities, a woman doctor is said to have scolded the woman. The reason? She did not have a bank passbook and…

Read More Woman delivers baby at hospital gate after being refused admission for lack of Aadhaar


Even with the deadline for Aadhaar linking being extended to March 31, 2018, Indane Gas, among the largest suppliers of cooking gas in Chennai has gone ahead and frozen the connections of all customers who had not linked their Aadhaar to their gas connection by 31st December 2017. Requests for refills are only being registered…

Read More Indane gas freezes connections, HP denies subsidies to customers for lack of Aadhaar linking


Failure to link Aadhaar numbers has resulted in the termination of pensions for 10,767 people in Faridabad. These include pensions for old age, widows, divyangs, Laadli (girl child), orphans, non-school going children (under 18 years) and eunuchs. These pensions were terminated in September bringing the total number of pensioners down from 96,571 to 85,804 – a termination…

Read More 10,767 lose pension in Faridabad because #AadhaarFail


A news story by Sukriti Dwivedi in NDVT reports that more than 26,000 people fail to get their Aadhaar authenticated at ration shops in Delhi. WATCH | NDTV special report: #Aadhaar fails ration card holders pic.twitter.com/g8TR4V0wol — NDTV (@ndtv) January 26, 2018 Reasons for failure include internet connectivity issues (in the capital of India!!!), biometric…

Read More Over 26,000 people fail to get rations in Delhi because #AadhaarFail


Manda Prathap Reddy of Hyderabad applied for an Aadhaar. His application was rejected because of a failure to capture his biometrics accurately. In the meanwhile, he was employed by an Aadhaar enrolment operator as he was in need of money. He worked there for half a month or so. Subsequently, he reapplied for an Aadhaar,…

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16 Dalit families from Chowdadenahalli village, including women and children are out to protest against Food and Supplies Department for denying them ration. They had been assured that they would not be denied rations by the Good and Supplies Minister for Karnataka, UT Khader, however there has been no change and they continue to be…

Read More 16 families have no rations for 1.5 years because of not linking with Aadhaar