Guwahati: The Aadhar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India has finally proved to be an extremely helpful document and service after it helped two boys in Assam reunite with their families in Karnataka and Jharkhand.

In August 2018, 14-year-old Yallaling had gone out with his mother Laxmi to collect ration in Karnataka’s Kalabaraugi. They got separated and the boy ended up boarding a train that landed him as far away as Assam’s Kamrup district, nearly 3,000 km away from home.

With a language barrier spanning India’s geography, the boy could neither speak nor read nor write when he was taken to the Palashbari police station on August 14, 2018. He was then sent to a child care institute in Guwahati’s Fatashil Ambari, where a medical diagnosis said the boy was specially-abled.

He was subsequently transferred to the Late Rishi Hazarika Memorial Home for Special Children run by Destination, an NGO at Kahilipara in Guwahati.

“From 2018 to 2022, we thought Yallaling was speech impaired. He did not speak a word in four years until we found his parents. And then he began to sing,” Malabika Kalita, District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Kamrup, told EastMojo.

Gujar reunited with his family on February 8

At the Children’s home also lived Gujar, now 19, who went missing five years ago from Baghakol in Godda district of Jharkhand.

As per the Juvenile Justice Act, every time a child whose whereabouts are not known is found, the district child services and NGOs give a missing person advertisement in the newspaper and those who claim to be their family can show legitimate documents and take their children with them. This was done in the case of the two boys, too, but nobody came forward to take them home.

The boys’ luck, however, changed when all children’s homes received instructions to register their inmates for Aadhar and the kids at Destination home also went through the enrollment process.

“And that is when we found that there were duplicate entries in both their cases, of their iris scans and fingerprints, and their Aadhar was already registered,” Kalita said.

Chumki Bora, Superintendent of Destination NGO, first noticed the duplicate entries and contacted the Aadhar Seva Kendra and subsequently found out that the Aadhars were enrolled in Karnataka and Jharkhand.

“In January this year, we found that Umesh (name given by the Children’s home to Yallaling) and Tinku’s (Gujar) Aadhar details were there without any contact numbers for their families. So last week, I downloaded both their Aadhars and contacted the particular states so we could send the children there through CWC,” Bora told EastMojo.

Bora contacted the CID branch in Jharkhand and the Commissioner of Police in Karnataka and requested them to first check the missing records there and soon the families of the boys were found.

Yallaling, reunited with his family on February 2

Yallaling was united with his family on February 2. But Gujar’s family had not filed a missing report with the police, so Bora had to contact the CID and Lapata Helpdesk in Jharkhand to trace the boy’s family.

“We had not filed a report with the police but had written to the head of our village instead,” Md Hayat Alam, Gujar’s uncle, told EastMojo.

Gujar back home with his family in Baghakol, Godda, Jharkhand.

Gujar’s father and uncle reached Guwahati on Tuesday and the boy was finally reunited with his family.

“He had gone missing from our village five years ago. We looked everywhere but could not find him, until last week, when someone told us our boy was in Guwahati,” Alam added.

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