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Thousands of Kerala citizens become Karnataka residents

Amiya Meethal, Adyanadka, (Kerala-Karnataka border), Augsut 27, 2013, DHNS: 0:14 IST

Mistakes galore in Aadhaar card of Karnataka - Kerala border area residents

Enmakaje is literally sandwiched between Kerala and Karnataka, as far as the people of 1, 2 wards of Enmakaje gram panchayat of Kasargod district, Kerala are concerned.

About 3,000 odd people of 680 families of these wards have suddenly become the residents of Karnataka, according to the Aadhaar card they received. The reason: They come under Adyanadka Post office limits of Kepu GP in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Adyanadka is a stone’s throw away from their houses and is inside Karnataka along the Kerala border.

People living in Chavarkad, Saya, Shanthapadavu, Bakilapadavu, Kootelu, Kombrebettu of Enmakaje GP are bearing the brunt now. For instance, on the Aadhaar card of Vanitha, a housewife residing at Chavarkad, the address is: Vanitha, Valiya house, Adyanadka Post, Kepu panchayat, Bantwal thaluk, DK district, Karnataka. Barring the first three lines, her address is incorrect. While enrolling for Aadhaar, which was held a couple of months back at Perla in Kerala, she like many people residing in her area gave the correct Post Office PIN number as 574260 (Adyanadka PO). But when she got the Aadhaar card, Vanitha became a resident of Karnataka. The curious fact that 3000 people along the interstate border living in Kerala have their Post office in Karnataka has now appeared as a civic bottleneck in the form of Aadhaar.

‘Heartless’ online system

K Aithappa Kulal, the member of Enmakaje GP told Deccan Herald that it was the online system which put them in trouble now.

“The same problem arises in case of passport issuance also. Except the two wards of Enmakaje GP, all other 15 wards come under Perla Post office of Kerala, which is 10 km away from here. The passport of the Malayalee people coming under Adyanadka PO will reach Perla PO and they can’t re-direct it according to the rule.

But as the postmaster knew about the strange situation here, he will hand over the passport to addressee, if responsible persons provide verification. But through online process, that humane intervention is not possible,” he rues.

Many people after getting 'Karnataka Aadhaar cards' have been frequently calling ward member and the panchayat is all set to bring the issue into the notice of district administration.

Afsal, a native of Shanthapadavu complained that they are almost at the receiving end, be it Aadhar or passport or any other benefits from Kerala government only because of this post office 'problem'. Kulal says that people are now worried because Kerala is all set to implement the LPG subsidy scheme through Aadhaar linked bank accounts.

Adyanadka PO

Adyanadka Post Office has 250-300 houses coming under its purview each in Karnataka and Kerala states. The identity card issued by Union government such as Aadhaar, Passport only has this problem, says Adyanadka Post Master M Balakrishna.

“The various pensions from Kerala govt will reach Perla PO as Money Order and they will re-direct it to us and we will deliver it accordingly,” says he. The monthly pension for Endosulfan victims coming under Adyanadka PO is sent from Enmakaje GP to here and that also we have been delivering, he explains.

'UID will be informed'
When contacted, Kasargod district Assistant coordinator of Akshaya (agency entrusted with Aadhaar enrolling in Kerala) Kareem Koyakkal said that he was not aware of the issue. “It might be because the people come under Karnataka Post Office. One can't enroll for Aadhaar without entering Post Office PIN. The issue will be brought to the notice of Unique Identification (UID) authority,” he told Deccan Herald. He was of the opinion that some special provision might be needed to address the issue at the border areas.

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