NEW DELHI: Tracking of Aadhaar IDs used fraudulently in the Uttar
Pradesh PDS scam has led to strong proof against the wrong doers as
their biometrics have provided police with incontrovertible evidence of
their involvement in siphoning funds.
The scam involved substitution of names of genuine PDS beneficiaries
with fradulent ones through the connivance of district officials who later
restored the original names. The scam involved dozens of PDS food grain
withdrawals by each fraudulent claimant using his Aadhaar ID for
While this worked for a while, the scams disclosure has seen the Unique
Identification Authority of India numbers pinpoint those involved as well as the specific public distribution service centres. “The
Aadhaar identities have nailed the guilty which would have been much more difficult in the case of registers and manipulated
data entries as was the case earlier,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
Fradulent withdrawals of welfare benefits has been a deep-rooted scam in most states, with some recording as much as 50%
diversion. Aadhaar linkage has reduced leakages through de-duplication but local officials, keen to continue scamming the
system, looked to substitute Aadhaar IDs.