Aadhaar goof-up in Uttar Pradesh: 1,000 villagers issued cards with same birth date

Allahabad: Villagers of Kanjasa are a perplexed lot. Going by their newly acquired Aadhaar cards, some 1,000 of them should be celebrating their birthday on the same day: 1 January.

PTI May 23, 2017 17:07:02 IST
Aadhaar goof-up in Uttar Pradesh: 1,000 villagers issued cards with same birth date

Allahabad: Villagers of Kanjasa are a perplexed lot. Going by their newly acquired Aadhaar cards, some 1,000 of them should be celebrating their birthday on the same day: 1 January.

Aadhaar goofup in Uttar Pradesh 1000 villagers issued cards with same birth date

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It is, however, not a coincidence but a technical goof- up that has led to the situation where every fifth person in Kanjasa, about 50 kilometres away, finds 1 January as their official date of birth.

Flooded with complaints from the locals that their unique identity or Aadhaar cards did not mention the actual dates of birth, the authorities have ordered a probe and are trying to take remedial measures.

"Nearly 1,000 (of the 5,000) residents have complained about faulty entries of their date of birth. The odd thing is that the date printed on all these cards is identical —1 January — with variations in the years of birth," Neeraj Dubey, Block Development Officer (BDO), Jasra, under which the village falls, said.

He said an inquiry had been ordered into how an error of "such a huge proportion" occurred.

Dubey said there was speculation that the software for the cards was so designed, as to automatically allocate 1 January as the birth date of those not aware of their actual dates of birth.

That, however, did not explain why those who had submitted their dates of birth with proper documents also ended up being shown as born on 1 January, he added.

"Once the inquiry is complete and accountability is fixed, suitable action will be taken against those responsible for the massive goof up," he said.

Affected villagers will be provided with fresh Aadhaar cards with correct dates of birth, he said.

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