UIDAI cracks down on 1000 operators in 3 mths for malpractices
The UIDAI has blacklisted or suspended around 1,000 operators while FIRs have been filed against 20 individuals in the last three months for malpractices such as charging for Aadhaar enrolment.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has also slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 each on these erring operators besides removing them from its system.
"We have received certain complaints...we have a zero tolerance policy on overcharging. We have identified about 1,000 such operators since December 2016...in the last three months, these operators have been removed from our system and we are also imposing a penalty of Rs 10,000 each on them," UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told a news agency.
Removal of these operators from the system implies they would not be able to conduct enrolment for Aadhaar from anywhere in the country.
UIDAI is the nodal body responsible for rolling out Aadhaar, the 12-digit unique identification number that identifies residents based on biometrics.
The authority swung into action after it received certain complaints about some of these operators charging money for enrolments - a service that is free of charge.