States excited for the Aadhaar based DCT implementation

Jairam Ramesh, Union Rural Development Minister, said that the entire state of Jharkhand will be covered with the Aadhaar based Direct Cash Transfer scheme by May 2013. The DCT scheme will be implemented in every district of the state by the mid of 2013. The first phase of the DCT launch includes 4 districts from Jharkhand out of the selected 43 districts from the country and these include the capital of the state Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, and Sareikela-Kharsawan. He added that Aadhaar platform based implementation will help the people by directly gaining the benefits offered by the government. He also said that a new list of the people below the poverty line will be released before June 2013. Around 1 crore people in the state have enrolled for their Aadhaar numbers so far. The state has a total of 24 districts of which Ranchi heads the list with about 11.28 lakh enrollments followed by Dhanbad and Giridih with around 9 and 7.9 lakh Aadhaar enrollments.

The Delhi government has also cleared that it will launch the Aadhaar based DCT scheme from 1 January 2013. The beneficiary will get the scholarship cash and payment of health scheme directly into their bank account inked with their 12-digit unique Aadhaar number. An official from the state government was reported to inform that the launch will first include 4 schemes powered by the central government viz. scholarships for OBC and SC/ST students, Indira Gandhi Maitrey Sahyog Yojana and the Jannani Suraksha Yojna. He also informed that the remaining centrally sponsored schemes will soon be integrated with the Aadhaar platform. The Aadhaar number holder will get the benefits directly into his/her account. Around 1.22 crore people of the state have enrolled for the Aadhaar so far.

Moving towards the south, the Kerala government has announced to cover the entire state with Aadhaar before the beginning of April 2013 to make Kerala the first Aadhaar state. The stat reveals that about 80% of the state’s populations have already got their Aadhar numbers and Mr. Oommen Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister, has said that the entire state will be covered with the Aadhaar by March 2013 and has also asked the remaining people of the state to enroll for their Aadhaar number as early as possible. Presently, Kerala is at the third spot in terms of no. of enrollments made so far state-wise in the country with 1.84 crore people enrolled for their Aadhar card. Ernakulam heads the district wise list with around 20 lakh enrollments followed by Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad with about 18.89 lakh and 18.55 lakh Aadhaar enrollments respectively. There are a total of 14 districts in the state.

However, RS Sharma, Director General, UIDAI said that the primary objective is to provide Aadhar cards to those people for whom the DCT scheme will be implemented in the first phase in some selected 43 districts and not to everyone. He added that those who are getting subsidy should not face any type of trouble from January 1 and our team is doing our level best to ensure this.

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