The poor citizens had to pay a bribe of Rs 10 to get their Aadhar cards delivered in Bherwa Village, Madhupur Block, District Deoghar, Jharkhand. Aadhaar or UIDAI (Unique Identification) is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. By law, the enrollment and distribution of these is supposed to be free of cost.
The Inquiry Officer was instructed by higher authorities to distribute the Adhaar cards to respective persons in village. He asked his son to distribute cards who then went on taking INR.10 from each villager. The Villagers knew little bit about the free distribution of Adhaar cards but had to agree with him as he wasn’t handing over their cards without money.
CC Mukesh Rajak collected the evidence on video and went to the Postmaster who was responsible for distribution of these cards. The person involved in the scam and Postmaster apologized for the incident. The Postmaster visited the village and distributed the cards free of cost and further gave an oath on camera stating he would not give the UIDAI Cards to the accused individual to distribute in future. As a result of this intervention, 70 villagers received their money back.
Citizen journalist helps poor Dalit families get new permanent homes where they can spend their lives happily ever after.
The story effectively depicts as to how change is triggered with mere presence of a Citizen journalist in the most media dark region of India.