Govt makes Aadhaar mandatory to avail social welfare scheme benefits

Govt makes Aadhaar mandatory to avail social welfare scheme benefits

‘Move aimed to ensure transparency and simplification of delivery process’

Srinagar, August 21: The government Saturday issued directions making Aadhaar mandatory to avail benefits of various social welfare schemes to ensure greater transparency and efficiency in the implementation of the welfare programmes.

In this connection, Social Welfare Department issued three notifications in pursuance of Section 7 of the Aadhaar (targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies benefits and services) Act, 2016. The notification were issued for three schemes namely Ladli Beti, State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and Integrated Social Security Scheme(ISSS).

Under the directions, an individual eligible for receiving the benefits under the scheme shall be required to furnish proof of possession of the Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

“This will result in simplification of government delivery processes, bring in transparency and efficiency and enable beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner by obviating the needs to produce multiple documents to prove one’s identity,” said Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Social Welfare.

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Any individual seeking benefits under the scheme, who does not possess the Aadhaar number or has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, shall be required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment before registering for the scheme.

“Till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, benefits under the scheme shall be given to such individual, subject to the production of the Aadhaar Enrolment Identification slip and listed alternate documents,” a statement said.

The alternate documents are Bank or Post Office Passbook with photo; PAN card; Passport; Ration Card Voter Identity Card; MGNREGA card; Kisan Passbook; Driving License etc.

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