Aadhaar norms for prisoners simplified; Home Ministry calls for camps at all prisons for enrolment or update

Source: The post is based on the article “Aadhaar norms for prisoners simplified; Home Ministry calls for camps at all prisons for enrolment or update” published in The Hindu on 19th November 2022

What is the News?

The Ministry of Home Affairs has released the Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) for Aadhar enrollment of Prisoners.

What are the key provisions of SOP for Aadhar enrollment of Prisoners?

Unique Identification Authority of India(UIDAI) has agreed to accept the Prisoner Induction Document generated from the ‘ePrison’ module and certified by the authorized prison office as a valid document for Aadhaar enrolment or update.

Conduct regular camps for Aadhar enrolment at the jails in coordination with the State governments.

Note: Aadhaar saturation level in the country has crossed 93% and it is nearly 100% among the adult population. 

How will the Aadhar enrollment of prisoners help in prison administration?

As of December 31,2021, National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) has reported that there were 1,319 prisons in the country.

The use of Aadhaar could help to regulate the day-to-day prison administration work, such as production of inmates in court and their return to prison, transport, health facilities, shifting of inmates to hospitals outside prisons, interviews, free legal aid, parole, temporary release and education/vocational training.

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