Plans to enrol 6 cr more under Aadhaar in Maharashtra by Dec 2013

| Updated on: Dec 14, 2012

UIDAI seeks 4,000 biometric devices to achieve target

In order to enrol six crore residents of Maharashtra under the Aadhaar project, the Unique Identification Authority of India has asked the State Government and other registrars such as banks and India Post to procure additional 4,000 machines for capturing biometric data.

Deputy Director General of the Authority Ajay Bhushan Pandey told Business Line that it has managed to register about four crore residents of the State till date and aims to cover the rest of the State by December 2013. Currently, UIDAI is managing to register about 75,000 persons a day, which should increase to two lakh by early 2013, he said.

“To achieve this target we want the number of machines capturing biometric data to increase from 2,000 to 6,000. If we enrol about 2 lakh residents a day in the State, then we would be able to add over six crore by end of next calendar year,” Pandey said.

Cash transfer

He said that the enrolment work has commenced on a war footing. The State Government has been asked to rope-in all the departments and use Government programme such as Sangram, which provides online services to the villages, for boosting the numbers.

UIDAI has also identified 34 State Government and the Centre’s subsidy schemes and programmes for direct cash transfer, using the Aadhaar number. Well-known schemes such post-matric scholarship for SC students, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship and domestic LPG and PDS Kerosene subsidy scheme has been included in the list.

Pandey said that UIDAI has also asked the State Government to identify the beneficiaries, so that their bank accounts can be linked to their Aadhaar numbers. If the beneficiaries don’t have the number, then their enrolment should be done by visiting their houses or holding special camps.

He said that the money would be transferred using Aadhaar Payments Bridge System, a centralised electronic transfer system, which undertakes direct mandates from accredited bank attached to various State Government departments.


Published on December 14, 2012

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