Hyderabad

Aadhaar for newborns in government hospitals

Now, babies born in government hospitals can flaunt an Aadhaar card within 72 hours of being born. As part of a unique pilot project, the GHMC will hand out Aadhaar cards to newborns of five government hospitals in the city and link Aadhaar with the birth certificates. The initiative will take off in July first week in two maternity hospitals located in Petlaburj and Sultan Bazar as also Niloufer, Gandhi and Osmania hospitals.

Based on the feedback, the project was expected to be implemented in the remaining government and private hospitals. To effectively implement the project, tabs and enrolment kits along with GHMC staff would be deployed in the hospitals.

According to the GHMC officials, the photo of the newborn would be taken and the authentication of respective parents would be carried out through their Aadhaar cards after which an enrolment number was allotted.

Unlike the usual procedure, the newborns would not be required to give their IRIS or biometrics. But after attaining five years, the Aadhar card holder could go for re-enrolment by giving their IRIS scans and fingerprint impression.

According to Surendra Mohan, Additional Commissioner, IT, GHMC, the hospital staff would be trained to execute the project with the supervisor of the hospital being the in-charge. Mr. Mohan said digital locker accounts would be created for the newborns where information pertaining to birth certificates and Aadhaar card would be digitally stored along with defect certificates for those children born abnormally. He said the digital locker would help the health officials to monitor the condition of the babies from time to time.

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