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Aadhaar cards found on riverbank

- Postmaster suspended

Imphal, Feb. 21: On December 10 last year, an insurance company (ICICI Prudential Life Insurance) dispatched a letter to one of its policyholders in Imphal East — requesting her to send some medical documents in order to settle a benefit claim.

The letter, which originated from the company’s Mumbai office, never reached the policyholder. Instead, it was found in a bag, dumped on the bank of the Imphal river at Checkon in Imphal city.

The bag also contained 737 undelivered Aadhaar cards sent by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and 19 letters sent by various insurance companies.

An Aadhaar card is a proof of identity and address of the holder. It can be used while opening a bank account or applying for a passport.

Following the bag’s discovery, the director of Imphal head post office, T. Mangminthang, has suspended the postmaster of Imphal East’s Kongba branch, Joy Golmei.

The director told The Telegraph, “This kind of behaviour is unacceptable. He left the bag at the riverbank. We will take drastic action against the postmaster.”

“A local resident found the bag containing the letters and Aadhaar cards about a month ago and handed it over to Macha Leima (a women’s organisation in Imphal) on Tuesday. We gave it to the authorities of Imphal head post office today,” Takhellambam Demona, secretary of the wo-men’s organisation said today. “The finder told us that some letters and cards were swept away by the river while he was trying to collect the bag. He kept the bag for a month, not knowing what to do with it. Finally, he handed the bag, along with the materials, to us on Tuesday,” Demona said.

Macha Leima wrote to the director of Imphal head post office yesterday — reporting the discovery and requesting him to collect the letters.

The post office sent a team to collect the letters from the office of the women’s organisation in Imphal.

“This (throwing away of the letters) is a clear case of dereliction of duty by the postman concerned, which requires adequate departmental action as well as criminal punishment,” Demona said in her letter to the director.

The women’s organisation also reported the matter to the police and civil authorities of Imphal East and also to the Unique Identification Authority of India.

The Aadhaar cards and letters were sent to different addresses in three Assembly constituencies of Yaiskul, Kshetrigao and Thongju.

“Many people in my locality haven’t received Aadhaar cards although the formalities (like taking photographs) were completed several months ago. The UIDAI should check whether all the cards were delivered to the owners,” N. Boy, a resident of Thangmeiband, said.

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