The Department of Women and Child Development has directed all the superintendents and officer-in-charge of the institutions to coordinate with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and ensure that all the children lodged in the institution are provided Aadhaar(UID) Cards.
The instructions to this effect have been issued and are being followed up, said Dr Satbir Bedi, Principal Secretary (WCD). "These children face problems with regard to their identity status when they are released from institutional care upon attaining the age of 18 years.
This initiative will greatly help them to get into mainstream society," said Bedi. Apart from that, having aadhaar cards will also help these children in the long run to get driving license, voter identity card and ration card. They will be also able to open a bank account, Bedi said.
The Department at present is maintaining 22 child care institutions for children in need of care and protection and juvenile.