Mangaluru, Nov 07, 2014: Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons) K.V. Gagandeep has informed media that the department had planned to arrange Aadhaar cards to 14,500 inmates housed in jails across the State.
Karnataka Prisons Department has taken up matters for the issue of ’Aadhaar cards’ to inmates in the Central Prisons and sub-jails in the State. Around 1,000 inmates of the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara in Bengaluru, which was the first to launch the Aadhaar enrolment drive a month ago, had been enrolled for the cards.
“This is perhaps for the first time in the country that Aadhaar cards were being issued to prisoners.
With this, the State has set a model he said. Gagandeep said the enrollment drive will soon be launched in Prisons like Mysuru and Belagavi. The issue would complete in about three months.
Enrollment centres :: A senior IPS officer said the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) had established enrollment centres inside the Bengaluru prison and agreed to set up such centres in other prisons.
Mr. Gagandeep, however, said enrollment was not a must for prison inmates. Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons) P.N. Jayasimha said two enrolment centres had been established at the Bengaluru prison and about six persons from the UIDAI had been deputed. Jayasimha said the ongoing effort would benefit the prisoners in the long term. Aadhaar number has become necessary for availing various benefits, he said.
The documents for enrolling the inmates were being arranged by the Prisons Department.