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Centre insists on Aadhaar for identification of centrally funded scheme beneficiaries




 With the Union Government informing the State Government about expanding the scope of Aadhaar use for all the Centrally Funded Schemes, there will be no way out for State government but make Unique ID Number mandatory to avail facilities and subsidies by the people.

Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat, AR Sihag has informed the State Government that the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) envisages use of Aadhaar for correct identification of beneficiaries for delivery of benefits and services.

Notably, the Centre is slowly and steadily utilizing Aadhaar to cover all the Central Schemes and as on date 496 centrally funded schemes and several other services have been covered under Aadhaar Connect, Sihag informed.

Aadhaar is now accepted as a valid identity proof by both Union and State Government for availing services, including application for passport, opening bank account, insurance account, getting land line and mobile phone connection, and buying rail and air tickets.

In order to keep a check on multiple entries on electoral rolls, the election Commission has started a drive to include Aadhaar number along with Voter ID Card.

While Aadhaar has been made mandatory for filing Income Tax Return, the Government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with PAN card to eliminate multiple PAN by individuals which is a criminal offence.

Sihag has urged the State Government to link Aadhaar with the programs also run by the State Government to eliminate ghost beneficiaries of different welfare programmes.

He has urged the State government to set up State Level DBT Portal to be operated by the State DBT Cell. This will facilitate the Union Government’s DBT Mission for regular interaction.

In the Meantime Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has asked the State Government to connect Aadhaar with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Mid Day Meal (MDM) schemes.

Secretary School Education and Literacy under MHRD Anil Swarup has requested the State Government to facilitate Aadhaar enrolment of all the individuals desirous to avail benefits of MDM and SSA by end of this month.

      However, for Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), the MHRD has given a fresh deadline for Aadhaar applications.

Swarup has urged the State government to take take up the issue on a priority to ensure benefits of MDM, SSA and RMSA in a convenient and seamless manner, said sources.

He has suggested making arrangement for one time enrolment drive in each school of the State in coordination with UIDAI.

      The MHRD Secretary has also suggested a robust Management Information System (MIS) connected to Aadhaar of each child.

This will make the process transparent and efficient delivery system, Swarup is understood to have told the State government officials.






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