More schemes to be brought under DBT: Finance Minister

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday that distribution of LPG subsidy through DBT to all the consumers will come into effect before year end at any cost. He added that pilot project for MGNREGA scheme will be rolled out in the month of October in some selected districts. Finance Ministry has directed banks to collect Aadhaar details of beneficiaries of various schemes. FM also said that more schemes such as fertilizer subsidy and health insurance scheme will be brought under the area of the DBT program. However, he did not say any particular time period for such inclusion.

About 59% of Maharashtra population has got their Aadhaar numbers since the inception of this UID project in 2010. A state minister also announced that compulsion of Aadhaar card for availing various schemes will not be enforced on the state’s people. An official reported that around four thousand machines are in use at present time in the state for enrolling people and they are hopeful to get two thousand more machines for the state.

UIDAI’s Chandigarh Regional Office Deputy Director General Keshni Anand Arora reviewed the Aadhaar enrollment work going on in Gurgaon, Haryana. He instructed the concerned agencies to speed up the enrollment work. He was informed that 8 lakh people in the district have enrolled for Aadhaar and 124 machines are being used currently to enroll people for Aadhar card. Arora said that the target is to achieve 100% enrollment in the state by year end. He asked agencies to send enrollment reports daily to the Chandigarh Regional Office. He said that a toll-free hotline service will also be provided to the people of Gurgaon soon.

Thousands of students in Raebareilly district have not been able to enroll for Aadhaar which could cause them to be denied from scholarship benefits for the new session. Aadhar card of about 18000 students of college level were to be made but till now not even 1800 Aadhar cards have been made. Enrollment camps were run in schools during summer vacations but absence of students resulted in only few enrollments. There are more than 150 intermediate level schools and 2 dozen degree colleges in the district.

Aadhaar enrollment will re-start in Sirsa district of Haryana from August 1. DC said that firstly 40 sets will be deployed in the urban areas and then in the rural areas. Vayam Company of Delhi will do this job. DC asked the company’s official to decide for the location and prepare an outline for the program. DDPO has been appointed as the nodal officer at the district level while BDPO for the rural level. Till now more than 2 lakh 62 thousand Aadhar cards have been made in the district.

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