Punjab has decided to cover its entire population under the ‘Aadhaar’ project and a timeframe of March next year has been fixed for the same. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday said all residents of Haryana would be provided with Aadhaar cards by March 2013. To check fraudulent payments to the bogus beneficiaries, the government has already decided to disburse pension and financial assistance under various welfare schemes through electronic benefit scheme of banks, he said. As many as 3,000 machines would be used to achieve the target of distributing Aadhaar cards to people of Haryana by March 2013, Hooda said in a meeting with Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India, Nandan Nilekani in Chandigarh.
On this occasion, Nilekani told Badal that the basic objective of ‘Aadhaar’ was to ensure that benefits of welfare schemes reach to its genuine beneficiaries. Haryana has a population of about 2.53 crore and in the third phase of the project about 1.5 lakh people would be covered daily, he said. He further informed that in many states, the ‘Aadhaar’ card has already been accepted as a valid document for identification to get financial assistance under various pension and scholarship schemes, besides in PDS, LPG connections and registration of land deeds. Meanwhile, Haryana, today, became the first State in north India to disburse student scholarship payments using the Aadhaar-enabled payment system, the release said.