Now there is no need to gather so many documents to apply for passport if you have your Aadhar card. Yes, if you have your Aadhar card with you then it will be sufficient to apply for your passport and it will act both as your proof of address as well as proof of identity, The Ministry of External Affairs has directed all the concerned authorities regarding this. Till now there was a need of 14 types of documents which include Identity card, ration card, PAN card, driving license, birth certificate etc. If you have your Aadhaar letter with you then you will need not to submit some of the above mentioned documents. Actually, Aadhaar is 12-digit unique identification number that is unique for every individual that consist of demographic and biometric information of its holder. UIDAI is the regulatory body for issuing of Aadhaar numbers in the country and till now they have issued around 24 crore Aadhaar numbers in the country.
The Maharashtra government has announced that Aadhaar is compulsory to get benefits of 11 different schemes in the state. A special drive is also on in 5 districts of the state viz. Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Nandurbar and Wardha. The schemes are Post Matric Scholarship for SC Students, Pre Matric Scholarship for SC Students, Pre Matric Scholarship for Children of those Engaged in Unclean Operations, Post Matric Scholarship for OBCs, Post Matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, National Means cum Merit Scholarship, National Incentive for the Girl Child for Secondary Education, Post Matric Scholarship Scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Permanent Disability Benefits, Dependent Benefits, and Sickness State Insurance Corporation schemes. The beneficiaries are thus advised to enroll themselves for their Aadhaar numbers as early as possible.
Despite criticism from the opposition and other critics, country’s chief statistician T C A Anant feels that this is a good move from the government and also thinks that the implementation will not affect the inflation. He said this y of scheme is more transparent then the present existing one. He added that its effects on the inflation will depend on how the scheme is financed.