Aad­haar to be linked to so­cial schemes from 2015

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: To link Aad­haar num­ber with dis­burse­ment of wel­fare funds from the next fi­nan­cial year, the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice has asked the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) and Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Reg­is­ter (NPR) to ad­vance enrolment of all el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents from June to March 2015.

The move is part of the big­ger agenda to plug leak­ages in the so­cial sec­tor schemes aimed at bet­ter fis­cal man­age­ment. It is also aimed at in­cor­po­rat­ing the con­cept of Aad­haar based di­rect ben­e­fit trans­fer for all gov­ern­ment ex­pen­di­ture worth ` 3,00,000 crore ev­ery year from the next fis­cal, which would rad­i­cally change ad­min­is­tra­tion of poorly man­aged gov­ern­ment schemes.

A Plan­ning Com­mis­sion study in 2012 had shown that Aad­haar can save ` 50,000 crore of pub­lic money in three years once all 1.2 crore el­i­gi­ble res­i­dents were en­rolled.

Fraud or du­pli­ca­tion is not pos­si­ble un­der the Aad­haar sys­tem where au­then­ti­ca­tion of one’s num­ber and de­mo­graphic de­tails are eas­ily pos­si­ble. “It is any­time, any­where on­line au­then­ti­ca­tion sys­tem that en­ables check­ing fraud in less than 10 seconds,” a UIDAI of­fi­cial said.

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