Soon, you’ll need Aadhaar card for police complaint

Aurangabad: Soon, you will need an Aadhaar card or Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number to lodge a complaint with the police. Till date the policewould collect details and address proof of only the accused and criminals on record but now police across the state have started seeking Aadhaar cards from complainants too.

The authorities said it will help the police bridge the communication gap, if any, with the complainant.

State director-general of police Praveen Dixit told TOI, “The move is aimed at having flawless information about the complainant and it would go a long way in helping police assist complainants till their case reaches the logical end.”

“The UIDAI had claimed that 99% of the state’s population is covered by Aadhaar, that is why we have decided to take advantage of it,” he added.

UIDAI, the flagship programme of the UPA government launched in 2009, was aimed at plugging leaks in passing on benefits of government schemes to beneficiaries. It has already crossed the 100-crore mark. The Aadhaar is being accepted and used for various purposes, including photo identity and address proof of the holder.
A senior police officer said, “Till date, except police, almost government agencies and departments working in the public domain would seek the identity proof of people availing of their services but this is the first time that the police would be making it mandatory for the complainant to produce his Aadhaar card or provide the Aadhaar number.”

Officials clarified that police would not turn away a complainant if he does not have a UIDAI card but will motivate them to use it, before making it compulsory.

Senior officials said the move is being implemented across the state on a low scale and police are not forcing complainants to get a UIDAI card, if they do not have one.