6-Minute-Old Girl Gets Aadhaar Number

Bhavna Santosh Jadhav

What do children require within the first few minutes following childbirth? Loads of love and blessings from kith and kin? Well, this is quite common, but what if we tell you that there is a girl who received an Aadhaar Card within 6 minutes for her birth? Amazed?

The girl, Bhavna Santosh Jadhav, took birth in a hospital in Osmanabad, Maharashtra, at 12.03 pm on Sunday (Sept 24). Now, she is already having a vital identity proof. Interestingly, this is one of the rare cases of receiving an identity proof within minutes of taking birth.

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The credit for this goes to the infant’s parents who enrolled her for an Aadhaar number which they received at 12:09 pm from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), district collector Radhakrushna Game said.

Both the mother and the baby are hale and hearty.

“It’s a proud moment for Osmanabad. We will soon register all children for Aadhaar and link them with their parents’ Aadhaar cards,” he said.

He also claimed that nearly 1,300 children born at the Osmanabad district women’s hospital in the last one year have received their Aadhaar numbers.

Government stressing on need for Aadhaar number

The government has been stressing upon the need to get an Aadhaar Card for many months now. It has become the most important social identification document with the government insisting on it for availing of not just welfare schemes but every crucial service.

Aadhaar linkage is necessary for bank accounts, ration cards, death certification and filing income tax returns, and the Centre is also pushing to even link it with driving licences, as mentioned in TOI.

The Supreme Court, however, is yet to give judgment on whether linking important accounts to Aadhar number infringes one’s privacy or not.

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