UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has launched the ‘Aadhar’ scheme in Dudu area of the city today. Gandhi emphasized that Aadhaar as the foundation of electronic transfer of benefits to beneficiaries would significant benefits. She also stated that the scheme would bring a change into a common man’s life. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday gave Aadhaar awards to district officials from three states for their efforts to improve delivery of services to people using the scheme. Transferring cash subsidies into the bank accounts of people will eliminate middlemen, says Prime Minister. Before this, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi reached the Jaipur airport at around 10:55 am. CM Ashok Gehlot and many ministers of the Rajathan government were there to recieve them. Later, the PM and UPA chairperson headed to the Dudu area where they handed over the 21st crore Aadhaar card to a local resident.
Officials from Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra were given Aadhaar Governance and Aadhaar Excellence Awards for their efforts to improve the services delivery to people and bring transparency in governance on the second anniversary of Aadhaar at Dudu here. Two officials, including one from a government oil company was also awarded. With Vali Bai’s letter, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has handed out 210 million Aadhaar letters, more than a third of the 600 million that it’s mandated to enrol by 2014. About 230 million residents have enrolled for an Aadhaar number. The Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery comprises public distribution system in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, social security payment in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, LPG cylinder delivery in Mysore in Karnataka, MGNREGS payments in Ramgarh in Jharkhand and old-age pension payments in West Tripura.
“Government-sponsored scholarships for students, pensions for elderly and health benefits can be directly transferred to the bank accounts of people through Aadhaar,” said Prime Minister Singh at the function to mark the second anniversary of Aadhaar. He added that by transferring cash subsidies into the back accounts of people, corruption could be reduced in the system as middlemen would be eliminated. Birda Ram agrees. In attendance were Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahuluwalia, Minister of State for Science and Technology Ashwani Kumar and Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology Sachin Pilot. Over the last one month, the government has been taking steps to move toward the transfer of cash subsidies directly to recipients of its welfare programmes in order to ensure that the benefits of such schemes reach the intended targets. Last month, the government had set up a ministerial committee headed by Singh to steer the effort that aims to prune leakages in its delivery of subsidies.