Chunni Bai, a resident of Panton Ki Anti in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, allegedly died of hunger on September 27 this year. She and her husband Uday Singh - both above 75 - had nothing to eat for five days. They had not received their ration and old-age pension (Rs 750 per month) for the past two months. Every time they went to ration shop, they went sent back empty handed by the dealer as their bio-metrics were not working.
The death took place a day after the Supreme Court upheld constitutionality of most of the ADHAAR Act. "Authentication under Section 7 would be required as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service," the apex court had said. Newsclick spoke to the Uday Singh, husband of the deceased.