The Hush Post|10:25 am|one-minute-read|
The first notice to prove citizenship has gone to 127 people in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has sent notices to 127 people in Hyderabad. Through it, they will verify their Aadhaar enrolment documents in person. They will have to prove their claims of ‘Indian citizenship’ or face a suspension or cancellation of their Aadhaar card.
The issue became headlines after a letter sent to an autorickshaw driver went viral on social media on Tuesday (February 18). In the letter, the driver identified as Sattar Khan asked to appear before UIDAI on February 20. This, “with all necessary documents in original to prove all his claims of Indian citizenship”.
“If you are not an Indian national, prove that you have entered the territory of India legally and your stay is valid.” The notice was served under Rule 30 (Chapter VI) of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, said. The notice also mentions a “complaint/objection.” Though, it does not name the person who objected to Khan’s Aadhaar enrolment.
“In the said notice/s, the residents in Hyderabad, 127 in number, were asked to appear before the deputy director on February 20 for a personal hearing. Since it may take them some more time to collect original documents that they had submitted for obtaining Aadhaar, as informed by the state police, the UIDAI has postponed the personal hearing to May 2020,” the agency said.
“…Aadhaar has got nothing to do with the citizenship issue as such. Aadhaar is not a document of citizenship. UIDAI has been mandated under the Aadhaar Act to ascertain residency of a person in India. Also, the Supreme Court of India in its decision, directed UIDAI not to issue Aadhaar to illegal immigrants,” it added.