and this is what it means in practice…..
[What’s in a Name no 8].
this feels like an enormous achievement but we’re not there yet!
What’s in a name 6B?
Well, we seem to have ‘hit a chord’ with our imaginary board game. There has been interest via facebook, our web site and directly to our blog. Here’s a little more detail to satisfy your thirst. Rememeber, we’re doing this to get a passport!
We shoot ahead with this one! Maybe it’s not exactly playing the game but we did apply in advance, almost as a ‘dry-run.’
The PAN card is a registration to pay tax and is useful, amongst other things, to prove one’s name.
The Aadhar Card is the Indian name for the ID card, now becoming familiar the world over.
It works as a universal ID to help access a whole range of services. Based on biometrics (really?) it’s invaluable BUT… in Manjula’s case, she was listed as a male, name was incorrect and it was an old address. (no comment) So there needed to be significant changes (really!).
What is cool about this system is, it’s all amendable online: no brokers (aka middlemen), no need to visit offices nor queing. Absolutely fab! Requests to amend the details are submitted online. Updates are dealt with at a contact centre and confirmed or rejected via Email and SMS (text) At this stage, I’m overcome with serious enthusiasm.
I register with the system. (as Manjula of course… your wouldn’t believe how much her reading and computer skills have really, come-on 😉 )
I amend everything ALL at once. BIG BIG mistake. ALL rejected. Now then Stephen, listen up, less of the ‘bull in a China shop’ or ‘at a gate?’ go at it a little more gently.. Shanti Shanti. OK, so I submit the changes one by one, waiting each time for the confirmation of success before trying the next.
Sorted! Big achievements all round.
But next, we need proof of her address to show she has lived a for over a year at Moksha ‘Manor.’ An accepted way to do this is a bank account.
A stroke of luck.
I opened an account for Manjula years ago. With a couple of changes, a passbook newly printed off, her photo added together with a print off of the transactions of the previous year, a letter from the bank manager with a stamped photo of Manjula and Ducks away!
and finally, (I’m joking.. its not finally, stay with us guys) we need evidence of her Date of Birth.
In a traditionally informal society, such as this and especially for those people from a poor background, they would generally, not have a birth certificate. Evidence of their age and date of birth would therefore usually come from the school leaving or transfer certificate.
We’d first obtained it as part of the PAN process but needed to get it re-issued. sorted easily.
There’s another Donald Duck!
So we now have formal evidence of Manjula’s name, gender, image, her father’s name, her date of birth, age, and address (for over a year).
You might feel a bit exhausted just hearing the story.
I can assure you it’s been quite an ordeal just getting to this stage.
In real time (ie not blog time) it has taken months!
We’re now in a position to apply online for a passport…… What does the future hold?