As corona cases is surging in country, it is mandatory that everyone should get vaccinated as early as possible. Amidst the shortage of vaccination, there also problem like not getting dates for vaccines. Now in order to make the process easy the central government has said that “No one shall be denied a vaccine, medicines, hospitalisation or treatment for want of an Aadhaar number, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the statutory authority that issues 12-digit unique identification numbers called ‘Aadhaar’ to Indian residents” on Saturday.
It is also said that “There is a well-established exception handling mechanism (EHM) for Aadhaar and it should be followed to ensure delivery of benefits and services in the absence of Aadhaar. If a resident does not possess Aadhaar for some or the other reason, she/he must not be denied essential services as per the Aadhaar Act.”
It further stated that “If one does not have Aadhaar or if Aadhaar online verification is not successful due to some reason, the concerned agency or department has to provide the service as per Section 7 of Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the Cabinet Secretariat OM dated 19th Dec 2017.”
The Cabinet Secretariat in 2017 clarified that the use of alternate means of identification is allowed for availing benefits and essential services to such Indian residents who do not possess Aadhaar or whose Aadhaar authentication is not successful.
UIDAI said Aadhaar is meant to bring transparency and accountability in public service deliveries through effective use of technology, but during the pandemic it should be exception and in case of any such denial, the matter should be brought to the knowledge of the higher authorities of concerned department.
In the ‘AarogyaSetu’ app, people can register themselves for vaccination by using one of the seven IDs – Aadhaar number, driving licence, permanent account number (PAN), passport, pension passbook, NPR smart card and voter’s ID.