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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Raise Complaint for Civic Issues through “Swachhata APP”

“Whoak” , “Dirty" - covering the nose by telling all such words has become a common scene today.

How often are we witnessing the garbages overflowing  on the road? How often are we irritated on the absence of the garbage collecting van? How often are we scolding the civic authorities & the workers with whatever words comes to our mind for not collecting the garbages?

The obvious answer to all the above questions lies in the question itself - “Often” . It's quite often we get irritated by the civic issues like the one which is stated above. I could see a lot of people (Including the one I see in mirror everyday) keeps talking about this with their neighbours and also posting the same in the social media.

It is always wise to knock the right door than shouting in front of the wrong house. As such, the civic issues should be escalated to the right authority.  There comes the questions of “who” & “how”!

We always have the traditional system of calling up the helpline number and escalating these complaints. In the current decade of WhatsApp & Facebook, it is obvious for us to expect that these kind of Civic issues should be raised & resolved on the go! To our surprise, it is possible.

Thanks to the Ministry of Urban Development, which has developed an APP by the name “Swachhata” under its Swachh Bharat mission. The APP works just the way we want it to be. It has a user friendly interface and easy to use options.

We can raise the complaints on the civic issues which we face in Chennai with the help of this app in just a few steps as explained below:

Step-1: Download the App:

The APP can be downloaded from the Google play store in the below link:

Step-2: Installing & Creating the Profile:

The app will prompt the Mobile number & other basic details to complete the registration.

Step-3: Identifying the Issues which can be raised using the APP:

We can use this APP only for the specified civic issues which are mentioned below:

1) Garbage Dump
2) Garbage vehicle not arrived
3) Dustbins not cleaned
4) Sweeping not done
5) Dead animals
6) Public toilet(s) cleaning
7) Public toilet(s) blockage
8) No water supply in public toilet(s)
9) No electricity in public toilet(s)


Step-4: Lodging the complaint through APP:

The issue can’t be raised through the APP without attaching the picture evidencing civic issue.

As such, a picture of the Civic-related issue has to be taken. The app provides options to upload the picture from our internal storage or to take the snap directly from the app.

If picture taken through the app directly, the location will be captured automatically. If it is uploaded, we need to type the exact location. In both the cases, landmark to be typed mandatorily.

Step-5: Resolving the Issue:

The complaint we raised through APP , will then be assigned to the concerned sanitary inspector / engineer. The complaint will be visible in the app like a Facebook timeline. The complaint status will be seen at the right top of the picture as “Open” / “Resolved” / “Rejected”.


This is a great work by the ministry of Urban Development. Many of us might not be aware of this APP. So requesting everyone to share & spread the awareness.

Be the change & See the change!

Warm Regards,
Deepak Raghuraman

Sunday, 11 June 2017

How to link Aadhar Card with PAN Card online in just 3 steps

Link Aadhar Card with PAN Card online
in just 3 steps

There has been a lot of confusions over linking the Aadhar card with PAN card for the past few months. The income tax website provided the error message while we tried to link Aadhar with PAN, as the name as per Aadhar is not matching with hte name as per PAN card.

The income tax department's website to link the Aadhar card has been revamped now and we can now link the Aadhar card with the PAN card in just a few clicks by following the below steps.

Step-1: Click the below link to access the Income Tax department's website to link Aadhar card with the PAN card:

A window will open like the below screenshot:

Step-2: Enter the necessary details as described below:

i) PAN: Enter the 10 digits PAN number in this field

ii) Aadhaar Number: Enter the 12 digits Aadhar Number in this field

iii) Name as per AADHAAR: Enter the the name as in the Aadhaar Card (Make sure to enter the name with the correct spelling as in Aadhaar)

iv) I have only year of birth in Aadhaar card: Check this box only if the aadhar card doesn't have the full date of birth and has only the year of birth. Keep this check box empty if the aadhaar card has full date of birth (Date/Month/Year)

v) Code: Enter the captcha code in the box provided

After filling all the details as above, click on LINK AADHAAR button.

Note: In few instances, OTP may be sent to  the registered mobile number when the name as per Aadhaar is not exactly matching with the name as per PAN card. 

Additional points to be verified if there is a mismatch between name as per PAN & Aadhaar:

In such case where the name differs between Aadhar & PAN, make sure that the mobile number is registered with aadhar. The last three digits of the registered mobile number (If registered) can be found out in the below link:

If the mobile number is not registered, it has to be registered first by applying for corrections in Aadhaar card in the nearest Aadhar enrollment center.

Step-3: After submitting the details, a confirmation message will come as a pop-up.

Conclusion: It just takes a maximum of ten minutes time to link Aadhar with PAN through this process. Even if you are not a tax payer and you are holding the Aadhar Card, it is advisable to link the Aadhar with PAN as explained above. 

Kindly share the post to make others aware and make sure to educate the people who don't have access to Internet. Be the helping hand by sharing this post especially to those who can't access internet and to the senior citizens.

As a reminder of my previous post in our FB page, Don't share the Aadhar Number to the unsolicited persons over phone or by any other means.

Meet you all in my next post!

Feel free to mail me at in case if you need any clarifications / assistance.

Deepak Raghuraman

Monday, 20 March 2017

Apply for Corrections in Aadhar Card Online

How to make corrections in Aadhar Card Online

Aadhar card has slowly become the essential proof to avail the government services.  As such, it is essential to have the Aadhar card with correct and up-to-date details.  I have already made a post on applying for aadhar card couple of years back. Based on the queries and follow-ups which I have received on the post, I am writing this post on how to make corrections in the details provided in the Aadhar card just by few clicks online.

Details which can be changed in the Aadhar Card online:

1. Name
2. Gender
3. Date of Birth
4. Address
5. Mobile Phone Number
6. Email ID

Steps to apply for corrections in Aadhar Card online:

Step-1 – Login to the Portal:

The first step in applying for the corrections in the Aadhar card is to login to the “Aadhar Self Service Update Portal” by clicking the below link or click here:

A screen like below will open:

We need to enter the Aadhar number for which the corrections to be applied and the OTP (One Time Password) will be sent to the mobile number which was registered with the Aadhar number while applying for the same.

Kindly note, the OTP will be sent the mobile number which was updated while applying for the Aadhar card. In many instances, I have seen people have given one single mobile number for the Aadhar number applied for all their family members. So kindly make sure to check the OTP in that specific mobile number.

Also note that, the OTP is valid only for 15 minutes from the time they sent the SMS. Kindly make sure to enter the OTP as soon as you receive.

Step-2:  Choosing the fields / data which need to be changed / corrected:

After entering the OTP, the below screen will open and we need to check the details which need to be changed / corrected.  We can check multiple fields in case we want to make multiple changes and corrections in Aadhar card.

Step-3:  Applying for the changes selected and uploading the valid documents for supporting the corrections / changes:

1) For changes / corrections in Mobile Number and Email ID and Gender:

No documents are needed for the corrections / changes in the below fields:
a) Mobile Number
b) Email ID
c) Gender

For the mobile number and Email ID, we will be asked to enter the new mobile / Email ID and then to submit it. No other formalities required. Once submitted, make a note of the Update Request Number (URN) which will be used to track the status.

2) For changes / corrections in Name:

There may be some error in the spelling or we might have changed our name. In both the instances, we can update the aadhar details by typing the new name in the required field. But we need to upload the proof of Identity to support the name change / corrections.

The valid proof of Identity as mentioned in the UIDAI website is listed below. Any one of the below original document has to be scanned in color mode and to be uploaded:

Proof of Identity
PAN Card
Ration/ PDS Photo Card
Voter ID
Driving License
Government Photo ID Cards/ service photo identity card issued by PSU
NREGS Job Card
Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
Arms License
Photo Bank ATM Card
Photo Credit Card
Pensioner Photo Card
Freedom Fighter Photo Card
Kissan Photo Passbook
CGHS / ECHS Photo Card
Address Card having Name and Photo issued by Department of Posts
Certificate of Identify having photo issued by Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT
Affidavit executed on nonjudicial stamp paper to be submitted by a woman applicant for name change after marriage (Joint Affidavit to be submitted along with her husband with joint photo)
Marriage Certificate
Proof of Marriage document issued by the Registrar
Gazette Notification
Legal Name Change Certificate

Note: For above documents, where original document does not have photo, the photocopy/scan of the documents must be taken along with the photo.

3) For changes / corrections in Address:

The change / correction in the address can be updated by entering the new address in the required field. But we need to upload the proof of address to support the change in Address.

The valid proof of Address as mentioned in the UIDAI website is listed below. Any one of the below original document has to be scanned in color mode and to be uploaded:

Proof of Address
Bank Statement/ Passbook
Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
Ration Card
Voter ID
Driving License
Government Photo ID cards/ service photo identity card issued by PSU
Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
Water bill (not older than 3 months)
Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
Property Tax Receipt (not older than 1 year)
Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
Insurance Policy
Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on letterhead
Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered Company on letterhead
Signed Letter having Photo issued by Recognized Educational Instruction on letterhead
NREGS Job Card
Arms License
Pensioner Card
Freedom Fighter Card
Kissan Passbook
Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
Certificate of Address issued by Village Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for rural areas)
Income Tax Assessment Order
Vehicle Registration Certificate
Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement
Address Card having Photo issued by Department of Posts
Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo issued by State Govt.
Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations
Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)
Passport of Spouse
Passport of Parents(in case of Minor)
Allotment letter of accomodation issued by Central/State Govt. of not more than three years old
Marriage Certificate issued by the Govt, containing address

4) For  corrections in Date of Birth:

The correction in the date of birth can be updated by entering the correct date of birth in the required field. But we need to upload the proof of date of birth to support the change in date of birth.

The valid proof of Date of Birth as mentioned in the UIDAI website is listed below. Any one of the below original document has to be scanned in color mode and to be uploaded:

Proof of Date of Birth
Birth Certificate
SSLC Book/Certificate
Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted Officer on letterhead
PAN Card
Mark sheet issued by any Govt. Board or University
Govt. Photo ID Card/Photo Identity card issued by PSU containing DOB
Central State Pension Payment Order
Central Govt. Health Service Scheme photo card or Ex Servicemen contributory health scheme photo card
Kindly make sure to have the above mentioned documents ready before applying for the corrections online.

Step-4: Downloading the acknowledgement of Update Request :

After entering the necessary details and uploading the requisite documents, we will be given the Update Request Number (URN) on the screen, which has the details of the updates which we have made / applied for.  It provides option to print and download this acknowledgement. It is advisable to save this acknowledgement, as this URN will be used to track the status of our request. The acknowledgement will look like the below screenshot:

Step-5: Tracking the status:

The status of the update request can be tracked by the following steps:

Step 5.1: Click on the link to track the status :

Step 5.2: The below screen will open

Step 5.3: Enter the Aadhar number and the URN (Update Request Number – Which was there in the acknowledgement in step 4). 

Kindly note that the URN might have the “/” symbols in the acknowledgement. While typing the URN in the tracking screen above, ignore those backslashes “/” and type only the numbers.

Step 5.4: Status will be shown in the next screen which looks like the below screenshot.

Step-6: Updated Aadhar:

In case of changes in Name, Gender, Address & Date of Birth:  Once the requested change has got updated, updated aadhar letter will be sent to our address

In case of changes in Mobile Number and E-mail ID: Aadhar letter won’t be sent for the changes in Mobile Number and E-mail ID. The status as seen in the step-5 shall be taken as the confirmation that the requested change has been updated in the Aadhar card.


1)  The corrections can be done online only if the mobile number was registered with the Aadhar number.

2) If the mobile number was not registered, or the registered mobile was not accessible we have to apply for the corrections in offline mode.

In case if you haven’t applied for Aadhar card or want to know how to apply for corrections in offline mode along with the addresses of the permanent aadhar centers in Chennai, please wait for my next post which will be posted very soon.

Kindly share this post / details with those who can’t access the internet like the ones who are working at our home and help them to apply for the corrections if any. This will help them to avail the subsidies from the Government (if any) without any hindrance.

Disclaimer: The details posted above are based on the details found in the official UIDAI website. In case of any errors / mistakes found in the post, feel free to let me know.  Also feel free to e-mail me for any troubles if you face while applying for corrections online.

Meet you all in my next post!

With Cheers,

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Deepak to Namma Area Deepak – My journey of Blogging #ChennaiBloggers

As you read the title right, this post is about my blogging journey. The blogging and The Chennai Bloggers Club has a huge impact in the positive transformation in me. Read on to know about my journey.

2012 – The Baby Step into Blogging…

“What’s on your mind”- the reply to this question supposed to be the starting point of my writing. Since the question being asked, I used to post whatever comes to my mind in my facebook wall. As such, I was posting about the success stories of the entrepreneurs as my facebook wall post and that’s when my friend “HarunRaaj” has suggested me about blogging. 

I have zero knowledge about what is blog and blogging by that time. I am little hesitant in the beginning. He messaged me on 11th of July’12 and I created my blog “Get Inspired” on 14th July 2012. I don’t have any blogger friends in my circle by that time. I just loved learning the each and every option in blog with much enthusiasm. I was so ignorant about blog that, my initial posts will have the dates being typed as a part of the post without knowing that the date will be automatically updated in the blog post. 

14th July 2012 supposed to be the first step in my blogging journey. I am grateful to my friend, without him, I may not be a blogger :)

The message which made me a blogger. (Excuse my typo on "Update")

2013 – My best year of Blogging – Became a member of CBC…

Then comes the best year of my blogging – 2013. That supposed be the year where I am very much active in blogging. Active, not just because I loved writing posts, but also because, that’s the year when I joined this facebook group - “The ChennaiBloggers Club”, which is not just another facebook group. Once I started blogging, I started searching for groups to promote my blog post (Shameless confession, but yeah, that’s the fact) and landed in this “The Chennai Bloggers Club” aka CBC on 3rd March 2013. 

As I mentioned earlier, this is not just another group. The group and its members have encouraged me to write more. As on the date when I joined this group (3rd March 2013), I have written some 10 odd posts in my blog, but within a year after I joined this group, I have written my 100th post. This tells the motivation which I am receiving from this group. More than anything, this group has made me know that how much I love namma Chennai. The constant interactions and discussions in group made me create a dedicated blog to share information about Namma Chennai. 

It was on 20th March 2013, I have created my new blog “Namma Area”. Until I create this blog, I didn’t know that I have this much interest in sharing the information about Namma Chennai. Initially started sharing about the areas / locations in Chennai, then moved on to write about EB additional deposit calculation, Aavin milk monthly card tariffs, how to apply for aadhar card etc., Especially the post on EB additional deposit, I am still receiving mails from the tenants / landlords seeking clarifications. I am not sharing this for my self-praising, but to share how proud I am because of blogging.

The Chennai Bloggers Club - The group which identified the blogger in me.

2014 – The year of recognitions: Deepak is now Namma Area Deepak 

There came a surprise for me! It was on someday in July 2014, I have received a call from a reporter from Deccan Chronicle. He enquired me about the details on EB additional deposit and how I got to know about those calculations. Then he introduced himself as a reporter from Deccan Chronicle and asked about my blogs and all. Then only he told that he is going to write an article about me in Deccan Chronicle, it may get published but he was not 100% sure. 

The real surprise came on 10th August 2014 where I casually read newspaper and saw an article about me. Since the reporter told that he was not 100% sure, I took it lightly but since the day I got the call, my dad started buying Deccan Chronicle every day. That surprise on seeing the article on 10th August 2014 supposed to be the best moment in my life till date. I was like a celebrity that day as almost everyone called and wished me. That made people address me as “Namma Area Deepak” :) The article can be viewed by clicking here 

And the luck ringed the bell for second time on 21st September 2014 where I was featured in Tamil Article in “Dinamani”. Since then, I am more active in “Namma Area” blog . 2015 & 2016, I am not that active in blogging as before but still managing to write few posts on and off and glad to know that the posts are being helpful. I keep receiving the enquiries through mail and happy to help them out with whatever I can.

Article about me in Deccan Chronicle

Article in Dinamani

So that’s how my blog journey has been so far.  I am sure a lot of surprises ahead for me, and for that I need to blog often. Thanks for your patience in reading such a long post, it may look like a self-publicity post but I love to talk about my blogging journey which I never had an opportunity to talk about. I am very much indebted to my friend “Harun Raaj” and “The Chennai Bloggers Club” for finding out the blogger in me and made me a blogger.

I must thank #Sweek and #ChennaiBloggersClub for choosing this wonderful topic to write upon.