Aadhaar linkage not necessary for leprosy patients

Mumbai: For leprosy patients Linking Aadhaar card with various government subsidies in Maharashtra will not be mandatory. The information was given by social justice minister Rajkumar Badole in the Assembly today.

Badole further added that the government has issued instructions in this connection to district authorities.

“All districts have been instructed that leprosy patients do not need to get the Aadhaar card linkage since they have a difficulty in giving fingerprints,” he said.

However, they can’t be left out of the government subsidies just because they do not have the Aadhaar card, he added.

“Hence, the government wants that leprosy patients be excluded from the Aadhaar linkage. A proposal to this effect will be sent to the Centre,” the minister said.

The decision came after a Sixty-five year old Sajida Begum, a leprosy patient at the Leprosy Hospital on Magadi Road in Bengaluru, has been struggling to make ends meet as she doesn’t have an Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued to individuals and is mandatory to avail the benefits of certain government welfare schemes.