Authorities in the Nashik Road Central Prison have initiated a programme that would allow jail inmates to apply for Aadhaar cards. Till now, around 275 jail inmates have filled the forms for this purpose. With over 2,200 inmates, the entire procedure is expected to be over by next month.
The Aadhaar card scheme is being held under the guidance of jail superintendent Jayant Naik, deputy superintendent Vaibhav Age, senior jailer Vilas Sable and some other senior officials. Senior jailer Vilas Sable stated that, “Aadhaar card has become an important requisite for various purposes. It is considered as an important document for identification purpose.”
A city-based organization has also been assisting to promote this programme. Officials aim at getting the details of 100 inmates daily. As a part of the process, the addresses of the inmates on their conviction warrant issued by the court are used as their residential proof. However, there are some inmates who resided in other states. Keeping their issue in mind the inmates have been instructed to get their addresses changed from local Aadhaar card centre by producing necessary legal documents but only after they are released from the jail.
As per the Jail officials, since there were many projects launched by the government, they felt that once inmates complete their sentence it would be beneficial for them to apply for Aadhaar card to avail the services of the different schemes.