The much talked and highly praised Aadhaar based Direct Cash Transfer scheme is all set to be launched today in 20 districts covering a total of 7 schemes. Finance Minister P Chidambaram yesterday said that the scheme will be rolled out in 20 districts from January 1 with 7 schemes and more districts will be added later on. 11 districts from February 1 and 12 districts from March 1 will be added under this scheme which will take the number of schemes to 26 in the next 3 months. Chidambaram also said that food, fertilizer, diesel and kerosene subsidy will not be transferred at present through this implementation. With the concern regarding the lesser no. of people having their Aadhar cards, he added that those who do not have their Aadhaar numbers at present will not be denied of various government services. Earlier it was known that the scheme will be implemented in 43 districts with 34 schemes but the finance minister removed all the doubts at a press conference yesterday.
See the districts list for roll out
He said that we will move slowly and are hoping to cover the entire nation under this scheme by the end of next year. We will not rush to hurry up the things to make the whole process a failure and stumble. It is also in the talks that similar to the launch of MNREGA scheme in the previous elections, the government is expecting the same results through the launch of this scheme keeping in view of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mr. Chidambaram also said that all the bank branches in the 43 districts will have ATMs installed to provide easy banking facilities to the beneficiaries.
The opposition party, however, ruledout the government’s scheme and said that the government is just fooling people through this lucrative scheme. The BJP accused the government of making hurry in the scheme implementation and said that most of the people have not received their Aadhar cards till now and there are partial preparations in the scheme launch. BJP politician Shahnawaz Hussain said that the government is unknown of the BPL population of the country.
The expectations from the scheme is that it will eliminate the leakages involved in between and the beneficiaries will get complete benefits as provided to them by the government. This will ensure a control on corruption involved in the mid process. So far, UIDAI has issued 24 crore Aadhaar numbers to the Indian population. Maharashtra is the state with maximum no. of Aadhaar enrollments followed by Maharashtra and Kerala.