Tuesday, August 27, 2019

GRP to ask the government to help identify mishap victims using Aadhaar.

The fatalities and injuries related to accidents are on the rise in our modern-day world. The deaths due to road accidents and railway accidents are quite high in India. Even though the fatalities caused by road traffic accidents overtakes railway fatalities, the number of railway fatalities do remain quite high. This is because India occupies the top position when it comes to the largest network of railway offering the basic mode of transportation for freight and passengers. 

The Causes Of Railway Accidents And Related Deaths

On average, around 12 million passengers are carried by the Indian railways every single day. A good percentage of these passengers are commuters daily. They use the railway services to commute to and from their workplaces. These services are much faster and economical compared to the other modes of transportations. 

Though lesser in number compared to road accidents the injuries and death related to railway accidents are quite common. The accidents could be the result of an accident due to:
  • Poor measures for safety
  • Unmanned level crossings
  • Poor infrastructure 
  • Negligence on the part of the railway officials or the passengers. 
Not all accidents are caused by the negligence of the loco-pilot or the railway employees. Railway related fatalities could also be the result of:
  • An attempt to commit suicide 
  • There have also been several cases where railway tracks have been used to hide a planned murder or homicides.  
The Main Issue In Railway Accidents

One of the major issues when it comes to a railway accident is that the bodies of around 25%-30% of the people who are killed remain unidentified. 

The nature of fatalities on railway tracks happens in such a manner that often the victim's body gets dismembered. This makes the victims unidentifiable in many situations.

Besides, it is also quite common in India that most of the accident victims get robbed of their cell phones and wallets with ID cards from the accident sites before the police arrive. This makes the process of identifying the victims more difficult.

As a result, the authorities are unable to trace their families and the bodies have to be cremated or buried by the Government Railway Police in India.

What Is An Aadhaar E-KYC Card?

The Aadhaar card is issued by the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). This e-KYC card is issued after a thorough review of the individual’s Aadhaar application form that has been filled with all the necessary information and their supporting documents and following a biometrical scan (Retina scan and scan of fingerprints) of the individual.

The Aadhaar card includes the name, address, and date of birth of the individual along with a QR code that can be digitally scanned. The Aadhaar e-KYC also has a unique 12 digit number. A person’s identity can be proved using Aadhaar authentication through verification of fingerprint, verification using an OTP or verification of iris.

Identifying Accident Victims Using An Aadhaar E-KYC Card

To identify the victims of Railway accidents the Government Railway Police (GRP) is planning to send the fingerprints of the victims to the UIDAI operated by the Government of India. The fingerprints can be used to compare with the details of their Aadhaar e-KYC. The victim’s identity can thus be confirmed through Aadhaar authentication. 

This would be the best possible solution to help identify victims of railway accidents and inform their families quickly. Instead of the victims remaining unidentified and being cremated or buried by the police, their families can have a proper closure by being informed in time.

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