A 100 crore target of people with Aadhaar numbers set to be achieved this month, and another 100 crore Aadhaar authenticated transactions for 2016 — this is driving Narendra Modi government's decision of a statutory backing for Aadhaar through a new money bill being brought before the Lok Sabha.
A massive 100 crore persons are set to be allotted Aadhaar numbers by March 31, with the figure as on date standing at 98.51 crore and over 90 per cent of adult population in the country being covered.
"Further, we are aiming at over 100 crore Aadhaar authenticated transactions in 2016 for delivery of various public services and subsidies. This figure was nearly 50 crore in 2015 -- which in itself is a record since a total of 115 crore Aadhaar authentication transactions have happened since inception," another official said, adding that for plugging the leakages in the social sector programmes, Aadhaar authenticated transactions are crucial and a statutory backing is vital.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech announced that a bill will be brought for statutory backing of Aadhaar so that "all government benefits are conferred upon those who deserve it".
For instance, out of 9.5 crore MGNREGA active workers, over 53% in 300 districts are now seeded with Aadhaar with nearly 3 crore payment transactions so far having been carried out using Aadhaar. The government is aiming to seed all MNREGA workers with Aadhaar by the end of 2016, a senior official told.