Aadhaar cards of three missing children from different families helped them reunite with their loved ones. 17-year-old Omprakash from Jharkhand, and Narendra and Balaji, both 18, from Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, respectively were lodged at a government-run childcare centre near Hosur, 35 kilometres from Bengaluru. All the three children suffer from Intellectual and Development Disabilities. Narendra’s father Ramesh from Madhya Pradesh, told the Times of India that two years ago his son had disappeared from near their house. He said that a week ago, his neighbour told him that Narendra was found. An Aadhaar enrolment drive was held at the child-care center in Karnataka. After taking the biometrics of the three boys, Bengaluru officials found that they were already registered in the Aadhaar’s database. With that information, their families were tracked down. Balaji got lost at the Majestic station in Bengaluru. His mother, Malikamma said that the boy was with his father who left him to use the restroom. When he returned, he couldn’t find Balaji at the spot where he was asked to stay. Her husband spent the whole day at the station and the family searched the surrounding areas but couldn’t locate him.
Omprakash was going to a relative’s wedding in Uttar Pradesh with his family about a year ago. His father, Jagdish told the paper that Omprakash stepped down on a petrol pump to fill a water bottle and was left behind. All search efforts in Varanasi and Allahabad were in vain. All the boys were found because they had registered for Aadhaar cards where all their personal details, including biometric information, were stored.