16 Mar 2024

Assam's Aadhaar Card Limbo: Over 27 Lakh Citizens Struggle to Obtain Identification; What CM Himanta Biswa Sarma Said?

Assam's Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has acknowledged the plight of hundreds of citizens unable to avail government benefits due to the absence of Aadhaar cards.

During Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) process, the biometric data of approximately 27 lakh people was locked. For this reason these people have not been able to obtain Aadhar card till now.


Lakhs of people who were part of the Assam NRC project, are unable to get a legal Aadhar card issued. Because their biometrics are "locked" in the NRC process. Those who already have Aadhaar are able to avail the benefits of welfare schemes. But Aadhaar coverage is low in Assam compared with the rest of India.

Sarma addressed the issue in a press conference in Guwahati, highlighting the need to expedite Aadhaar issuance after the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) implementation, especially for indigenous Assamese people and genuine citizens excluded from the NRC.

Sarma outlined plans to collaborate with stakeholders, including the All Assam Students Union, to devise a streamlined process for issuing Aadhaar cards to genuine citizens post-elections.

Implications of NRC Biometric Data Getting Locked

Despite assurances during the NRC process, thousands still struggle to obtain Aadhaar cards due to biometric data getting locked.

The Registrar General of India's delay in notifying the NRC exacerbates the issue, as the locked biometrics hinder Aadhaar card applications, leading to frequent rejections at Aadhaar centers.

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