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Aadhaar now must for govt schemes

Centre is planning to make it mandatory for all central and state government subsidies

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Sep 15 2016 1:23PM | Updated Date: Sep 15 2016 3:58PM

Aadhaar now must for govt schemes

 The Centre is planning to make Aadhar card mandatory for all central and state government subsidies and benefits which require funding from the central exchequer with the Centre notifying the unique identity (UID) rules.

 
Rules specify that any agency, like  Petrolium Ministry dealing with cooking gas or HRD's scholarship schemes, has to see that all beneficiaries are enrolled under UID . They have been asked to tie up with registrars or register individuals themselves, a report in ‘The Times of India’ has said.
 
"Ministries will have to notify schemes for which Aadhaar number is required. In case someone does not have Aadhaar, he will be asked to enrol for the same. If you are asking for Aadhaar and if enrolment facilities are not in a convenient location, the agency has to ensure that people are not left in the lurch," said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the UID Authority of India (UIDAI) was quoted by the paper as saying.
 
He also said the guidelines address privacy concerns over Aadhaar misuse by including a three-year jail term for an offence. 
 
"The big brother concern has been dealt with. If a government or private entity uses Aadhaar number for some other purpose... if a company shares the data, it becomes a criminal offence," Pandey added.