How Aadhaar card reunited ‘lost’ man with his family

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Updated: December 22, 2017 10:03:49 PM

Aadhaar card, the world's largest domestic biometric identification system, may have been surrounded by controversies; but it proved saviour for a man from Tamil Nadu.

Aadhaar card, domestic biometric identification system, Tamil Nadu, Food and lodgingAadhaar card, the world’s largest domestic biometric identification system, may have been surrounded by controversies; but it proved saviour for a man from Tamil Nadu.(Image: IE)

Aadhaar card, the world’s largest domestic biometric identification system, may have been surrounded by controversies; but it proved saviour for a man from Tamil Nadu. Muttaiah Nadar, a multi-millionaire, had fallen prey to a gang, which intoxicated him on a train from Mumbai to the state. However, Aadhaar became the ‘foundation’ on which he was reunited with his family.  Nadar did not know Hindi and had lost his way after he was intoxicated, but he managed to reach an ashram in Ralpur village in Rae Bareli district, according to ASP Shahi Shekhar Singh. He was initially mistaken for a beggar by Ralpur residents because of his appearance and  mental state, Singh said.

The ashram provided him food and lodging. They also found that the old man carried an Aadhaar card. The unique identification card helped the people at the ashram trace Nadar’s family in Tamil Nadu, Singh said. A phone call was made, and his daughter, Geeta, reached the ashram to take him home, the ASP added.

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