Aadhaar card scam unearthed in Hyderabad #UID #Nandan Nilekani


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Mahesh Buddi, TNN | Apr 27, 2012

HYDERABAD: Raising serious security issues over Aadhaar cards, an enrolment agent has processed 30,000 unique indentity cards (ID) within a span of just six months in the Old City. Also, among them 800 were enrolled under the physically-disabled persons category. However, a probe by investigating agencies revealed that the Aadhaar cards registered under the physically-disabled category were created with fake identities.

The civil supplies department, which is the nodal agency for rolling out Aadhaar cards in the state, had assigned the task of enrolling citizens to eight companies, including Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited. The fraud was committed by infrastructure major IL&FS’s data entry supervisor of the Old City, whose first name, according to civil supplies department sources, is Mohammed.

On April 20, the state government authorities became suspicious about the fraud as the agent had registered details of 30,000 people for Aadhaar card in a span of just six months, which would normally take two years. On scrutiny, they found that 800 enrolments were under the physically-disabled quota, where a person is without either fingers or eyes.

The uniqueness of Aadhaar card is inclusion of iris scan and fingerprint details in the card’s micro chip. However, to include those without fingers and eyes, an option has been provided in the enrolment process, where it would be declared that the candidate does not have fingers or eyes. As Aadhaar card would not have these details printed on the card, it would become easy for the fake user to utilize the card to get essential identification documents like a passport.

Based on the government’s directions, the Charminar police have conducted a probe into these physically-disabled Aadhaar card holders and found out that none of those candidates reside at the given addresses and their other details were also fake. After the probe, the civil supplies authorities were informed and they gave the go ahead to book a case against the supervisor.

On Thursday, police booked cases under sections 468, 471, 419, 420 and 120-B of the IPC against Mohammed. As police began probe into the activity, he fled from the city a few days ago.

However, a special team nabbed him in Mumbai. He would be brought to city soon. “We are looking into the possibility that all the 30,000 Aadhaar card registrations made by him could be fake and the main challenge is to know for whom he did it and what purpose,” a police officer said.

Immediate Release-US’ reaffirmation of visa denial to Modi welcomed by IAMC


Narendra Modi in Press Conference

Narendra Modi in Press Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday April 26, 2012

The Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India‘s pluralist and tolerant ethos today welcomed the US State Department‘s reiteration of its position on the issue of a US visa for Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Walsh had called on the US government to lift the ban on issuing a US visa to Mr. Modi. On April 25, 2012, the State Department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland responded to questions from reporters on Congressman Walsh’s letter. “Our position on the visa issue has not changed at all,” Ms. Nuland stated categorically, reaffirming the government’s position that Mr. Modi continues to remain inadmissible under current US law. Section 212 (a)(2)(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, makes foreign government officials ineligible for a visa should the State Department deem them complicit in severe violations of religious freedom.
Mr. Modi is the prime accused in a case filed by human rights organization “Citizens for Justice and Peace” and Gujarat carnage survivor Mrs. Zakia Jafri, where he is accused of conspiracy to commit mass murder, to influence the course of public justice and to destroy public records. An amicus curiae appointed by India’s Supreme Court has found sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute him for the carnage in 2002 that resulted in the killing of over 2,000 people and the displacement of over 150,000.

“Even after the horrific pogrom in Gujarat 2002, there has been no reprieve for the minorities in Gujarat. The continued violations of religious freedom in the state, in the form of extra-judicial killings, pathetic living conditions of people displaced since 2002, as well as economic discrimination against minorities reflect the culture of impunity cultivated by Mr. Modi and his administration,” said Mr. Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC. “The State Department’s refusal to reconsider the ban on Modi’s visa should also be seen in light of the ongoing struggle to secure justice and reparation for the victims of the Gujarat carnage of 2002,” added Mr. Khateeb.

IAMC has called upon India’s Supreme Court to look into irregularities in the functioning of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Court and to ensure that the masterminds of the Gujarat pogrom of 2002 are brought to justice.

Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation.

For more information please visit our new website at www.iamc.com.

RELATED LINKS:

No change in visa policy on Narendra Modi: US
US Department of State – Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 9

US lawmaker asks Clinton to reconsider decision on visa to Modi

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-you-will-have-to-give-him-a-visa/941328/

Gujarat 2002 – The Full Coverage

http://www.tehelka.com/story_main35.asp?filename=Ne031107gujrat_sec.asp

“We have no orders to save you” – Report by Human Rights Watch

http://www.hrw.org/legacy/reports/2002/india/

Concerned Citizens Tribunal – Gujarat 2002; An Inquiry into the Carnage in Gujarat

http://www.sabrang.com/tribunal/volI/index.html

 

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Zafar Haq
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email: info@iamc.com

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phone/fax: 1-800-839-7270
email: info@iamc.com

Immediate Release-Shyam Benegal Sanctions 25 Lakh From MP Fund for Differently-Abled People


by Adapt (Able Disabled All People Together) on Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 19:38 ·

~ Innauguarates facility from the funds he provided at ADAPT, Bandra centre ~

Mumbai, 26th April, 2012: Every Member of Parliament in India is given Rs. 5 crores every year under the MPLADS – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme for him/her to use for public welfare. Film director Shyam Benegal, whose 6 year term as MP ended on 15th of February this year, sanctioned 25 lakh from the MP fund for the procurement of aids and appliances for differently-abled people at the Able Disable All People Together (ADAPT, formerly the Spastics Society of India) centre at their Bandra centre.

Dr. Mithu Alur (centre), Founder Chairperson, ADAPT & Mr. Shyam Benegal helps to fix the harness of a child with disability from Dharavi, whose wheelchair has been brought by the fund provided by Mr. Benegal when he was a Rajya Sabha MP. He gave 25 lakh to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together (formerly the Spastics Society of India) from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund which got this child her wheelchair.

 

The funds provided by Mr. Benegal have been used to get equipments for the Greenstone Digital Library Unit; the Therapy Aids and Appliances Unit; the Audiology, Speech therapy and Communication Aids Unit and the Strengthening and Fitness Training Unit. These units were inaugurated by Mr. Benegal today as ADAPT celebrates its Annual Day. The chief guests for the occasion were Mr. Peter Beckingham, British Deputy High Commissioner and Ms. Sonal Desai, General Manager, CSR, HPCL.

Shyam Benegal and Mrs. Jill Beckingham, wife of the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Peter Beckingham, inaugurate the “Audiology, Speech Therapy & Communication Aids Unit” that has been made possible by the Rs. 25 lakh that Mr. Shyam Benegal gave to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together (formerly the Spastics Society of India) from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund while he was an MP of the Rajya Sabha.

 

“First of all I support all initiatives to do with children and adults with disability. Secondly ADAPT has been doing exceptionally good work for the last 40 years. So when the chance came to give them something back, I took it up. Unfortunately I could not give more than 25 lakh since that is the limit for NGOs,” Shyam Benegal said while inaugurating the centre today.

Dr. Mithu Alur, Founder-Chairperson, ADAPT said, “We went to Mr. Benegal with a request for funds to get some aids and appliances for our ADAPT centre in Mumbai. He told us to apply and send a proposal. When the need was confirmed, he sanctioned 25 lakh from the MP fund immediately. We didn’t even have to remind him about it. In a world where most of the MP funds meant to be used for welfare of the masses is rarely utilised by most MPs, it is heartening to see him being so proactive. If most of the MPs and MLAs were like him, this nation would be a much better place.”

Shyam Benegal & Mrs. Sonal Desai, General Manager, CSR-HPCL with Mrs. Jill Beckingham, (wife of the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Peter Beckingham) in the back ground inaugurate the “Therapy Aids &Appliances Unit” that has been made possible by the Rs. 25 lakh that Mr. Shyam Benegal gave to ADAPT – Able Disabled All People Together from the MPLAD Fund – Member of Parliament Local Area Development Fund while he was an MP of the Rajya Sabha.

 

The investment of the money done on the centre, will end up helping hundreds of children and adults with disability who avail of the facilities in the ADAPT centre.

About ADAPT:

ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together), formerly ‘The Spastics Society of India, was founded by Padmashri Dr. Mithu Alur in 1972. From a special school with only three children, it has grown to become one of the foremost non-profit organizations in India providing services like assessment, therapy, counseling, inclusive education, skill training and job placement to thousands of children and young adults with disability and their families. Today ADAPT has evolved to become a seminal organization that interacts with national and international organizations, public & private sector bodies and government agencies at all levels to influence policy changes that impact marginalized groups across the country. In 2012 ADAPT is celebrating four decades of serving the nation through various programs.

For More Details  Please Contact: 

 

Bhavana Mukherjee: +91 9833179394

Madhavi Kumar: +91 9867661821

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Immediate Release on protest by blind workers


Press Release on protest by blind workers outside the residence of Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

April 26, 2012

by Blind Workers Union
24.04.2012

Today, large numbers of blind workers collected outside the residence of the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Mukul Wasnik. These workers have met the concerned Minister, as well as officials in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on several occasions since November 2011. However, the deep rooted concerns of blind workers lay un-addressed. Today, when the blind workers initially gheraoed the residence of the Hon’ble Minister, he did not meet them, and left his residence in haste. This response once again convinced the blind workers that the Government is least concerned about providing adequate employment to the blind, as well as protecting the basic labour rights of blind workers employed in the private sector. However, undeterred by the Minister’s initial decision not to entertain a delegation, the blind workers continued to sit outside the Minister’s residence in the scorching April heat. The militant protest finally led to some dialogue as the K.M. Acharya met with the workers’ delegation. Following a lengthy discussion between Shri Mukul Wasnik and officials in the Ministry, the Ministry finally agreed to provide alternative employment at a government-supported institute, to all the blind workers retrenched by the NGO, National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

Since November of last year, the blind workers have been protesting the retrenchment of several blind workers by the NFB. This NGO retrenched the workers because they were speaking out against denial of minimum wages and other basic labour rights in the Training and Rehabilitation Centres (TRCs) run by the NGO. However, the struggle of the workers is not just against the NFB, but also against the overall exploitation of blind workers across the country by private companies and NGOs. In the interest of availing of certain benefits like tax exemption for employing persons with disability, the private sector is known to employ yet brutally exploit disabled persons. The arbitrary hiring and firing practices, unregulated working hours, etc. prevalent in the private sector, amount to a serious breach of social justice, which is why the bind workers have been approaching the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. More importantly, the workers realize that the failure of successive governments to provide adequate employment to the blind community is the main reason why blind workers are dependent on the highly exploitative private sector. Hence, their struggle is based on the fundamental right to a livelihood—a right the Government is to protect and uphold. The three specific demands that the workers sought to discuss with the Minister were:

(i) Inclusion of a special section in the long pending Bill on the Rights of Persons With Disability (2011), which would safeguard the economic rights of blind workers employed in the private sector. For example, the Bill should include provisions to the effect that bodies violating basic labour rights will be penalized to the effect that NGOs indulging in such violation will face the cancellation of their registration.

(ii) That the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment tables a concrete plan of greater job creation for blind persons in the public sector. It is only with the provision of more government jobs that the dependence of blind workers on exploitative private companies and corrupt NGOs can be overcome.

(i) That because the Ministry has failed to curb the blatant violation of labour rights by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), it should ensure that all the disabled workers employed by NFB be provided alternative employment by the Government.

As the situation stands, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has conceded the third demand of the blind workers. With respect to the first and second demand, the Ministry has asked the Blind Workers Union (BWU) to provide a concrete plan which can be subsequently discussed and implemented.

Thanking you,
Alok Kumar, Ramnath
(On Behalf of Blind Workers Union)

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