UIDAI Blacklists 49,000 Operators For Tricking People by Overcharging For Aadhaar Services

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Mumbai, September 12: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that they received reports of several Aadhaar enrollment centres tricking applicants by overcharging them for Aadhaar services since the beginning. UIDAI has blacklisted more than 49,000 such operators. It said that they blacklisted such operators for five years from their system if they are involved in corrupt practices.

As reported by Times of India, UIDAI said they received many complaints from applicants for being overcharged while applying for Aadhaar services. The UIDAI received 6,100 overcharging complaints since December 2016. They fined the enrollment centres Rs 10,000 each for the incident. From from July 2017, they received 466 complaints and charged a fine of Rs 50,000 on these enrollment centres for each incident. (ALSO READ: Rs 200 crore saved by seeding Aadhar with pensioners’ accounts)

UIDAI said that such corrupted enrollment agencies will be penalised Rs 50,000 fine along with some legal action. UIDAI wants people to come forward to give specific complaints against such enrollment centres so that it can take action against them. Reports say that they have asked these enrollment centres to shift to government-owned premises. They were told to shift to these premises till August, while the deadline has now been extended till September 30. The shifting will be done to make sure that their centres are properly supervised and in case of any wrong practices, they can take immediate action. However, it is unlikely that there is any scope for non-compliance. Those who fail to shift their centres to government-owned premises will have to face penalties.