My mother's name is JAHAN ARA. We are resident of Bokaro steel city, Jharkhand. My Late father,SABIR HUSSAIN ANSARI,was an employee of STEEL AUTHORITY OF INDIA LIMITED,BSL. When he died on 7th December,2010,he had 6 months of service left with the company. When my father was about to retire,the company gave him his personal documents to check for any anomaly in the information of his retirement. Here my father made a small mistake which had its repercussions that we are still dealing with it. In his personal information,my father had given his consent to several of his documents.
But he fail to correct my mother's name in those documents. In one document,he named her as J.ARA. In other document,he named her JEHAN ARA. In yet other document,he named her JAHAN ARA. After my father's death,the company issued Separation Order in my mother's name,that is JEHAN ARA.
We had a hell of an ordeal in solving the mistake. After running from pillar to post and several meetings with the company's officials and many affidavits,the officials agreed that my mother's name should be is JAHAN ARA,as my mother intended it to be. But the Separation Order name remained as JEHAN ARA. My mother got the P.F , Gratuity and other company benefits as JAHAN ARA.
My father had a pension under EPFO's pension scheme,1995,which he was receiving since his age of 58years. After my father's died,we regularise of pension in my mother's name. Since the name of my mother was mentioned as JEHAN ARA in Separation Order,the official of the bank adviced us to get pension regularise in my mother's name as JEHAN ARA as any other spelling would lead to stopping of pension. She was receiving the pension as JEHAN ARA.
Recently,the pension was stopped as it was not linked to AADHAAR. In AADHAAR,my mother is mentioned as JAHAN ARA. When we went for linking of AADHAAR with pension,bank official asked us to get spelling of my mother's name be changed to JEHAN ARA in AADHAAR else the pension will be stopped forever if we don't link it to AADHAAR. We have a problem with that. My mother has several documents like pan card,voter card, passport, ration card,bank account, insurance etc where she is mentioned as JAHAN ARA. Most of the document is linked to ADHAAR. If we change the spelling of my mother's name in ADHAAR to JEHAN ARA,then we have to change the spelling in almost all the documents. Which is next to impossible and time consuming.
So we decided to take a chance in getting the pension account name of my mother be changed to JAHAN ARA. We went to Asst commissioner (pension), EPFO, Ranchi. There we were told that they could not do anything as that is a government office and nothing can be done except changing the spelling in AADHAAR.
My mother has always identified herself as JAHAN ARA. Just to get a our own money,she has to get her identity changed. I don't think it is dignified. Just a small mistake by my father has led to so much of trouble and pain. AADHAAR is adding to our problems. My mother is being asked to compromise on her identity just to get our own money. How can we loose our identity to avail a government service?
Doesn't that violate the Article 21 of Constitution of India-Right to Life and personal liberty? Even if we have made a mistake,we have the Right to Life that has been guaranteed by Constitution.
I need advice.