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Aadhaar-enabled service delivery system launched

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the airport in Jaipur on Saturday.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi being received by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the airport in Jaipur on Saturday.

The Union government launched an Aadhaar-enabled service delivery system here on Saturday with a promise of eliminating fraud, black-marketing, pilferage in schemes and bribery through a reliable mechanism of direct cash transfer to beneficiaries in a transparent manner.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi inaugurated the ambitious programme, which seeks to integrate the government-run flagship schemes with the Aadhaar card system at a public meeting in this small town near Jaipur.

The launch marked second anniversary of the Unique Identification Citizenship Number Project.

Reduced leakages

A battery of Union Ministers present on the occasion highlighted the benefits associated with the integration of schemes with Aadhaar for stakeholders, ranging from better compliance management and reduced leakages to better accountability in service delivery and improvement in efficiency. Aadhaar card users can now directly access as many as six government schemes.

Dr. Singh gave away the 21st crore Aadhaar card to Bali Bai of Kurawad village in Udaipur district, while Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman Nandan Nilekani pointed out that the names of over 24 crore citizens were registered for issue of cards in the past two years.

The first Aadhaar card was issued in Maharashtra on September 29, 2010.

In addition to getting the benefit of the social sector schemes promoting financial inclusion, those holding the Aadhaar card with a 12-digit number can offer proof of identity and address anywhere in the country. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act’s wages and pensions and scholarships will be paid though the card after the integration, even as the UID is already an online identity platform used for authenticating beneficiaries.

Dr. Singh said the Aadhaar project would benefit millions of people battling poverty, unemployment and diseases and facilitate the transfer of cash benefits directly to the accounts of beneficiaries. “It will ensure the extension of benefits to the deserving people and do away with the role of middlemen. Complaints on subsidy on gas connections, diesel and fertilizers not reaching the needy people will be resolved,” he said.

Role of modern technology

The Prime Minister affirmed that the Aadhaar project was an instance of the important role modern technology was playing in governance: “Our government wants to make maximum use of technology, especially IT, on a large scale to reduce dishonesty and improve transparency and accountability in the system.”

Dr. Singh said the UID system had proved its utility in States such as Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharashtra and it would be expanded to other parts of the country. “Sixty crore people are likely to get the UID number by 2014.”

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Road Transport and Highways Minister C. P. Joshi, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Finance Namonarain Meena, Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for IT and Communication Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot were present.

Rajiv Gandhi’s vision

Ms. Gandhi said the Aadhaar project was the next step in the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi’s vision for the use of modern technology’s power to benefit the common man. “This is the biggest social inclusion scheme of its kind in the world. It will bring about a transformation in the common people’s lives and help them in getting subsidies [meant] for them.”

Mr. Chidambaram said the poor would benefit the most from Aadhaar cards as the government would be able to correctly identify beneficiaries of a wide range of schemes based on the UID number. “The ongoing pilot projects have also proved that Aadhaar is like a boon to beneficiaries.”

Mr. Gehlot said the State government would make the use of Aadhaar card mandatory for getting the benefit of 10 schemes. In addition to the Chief Minister’s below poverty line housing scheme, the public distribution system in Dudu, Chomu and Shahpura tehsils of Jaipur district would be connected shortly with the Aadhaar project on a pilot basis.

The ongoing Aadhaar-enabled service delivery initiatives in Andhra Pradesh, Aurangabad, Mysore, Ramgarh district in Jharkhand and West Tripura district were shown via live telecast at the venue.

The Prime Minister also presented the Aadhaar governance awards and Aadhaar excellence awards to nine government officers from different States.

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Aadhar cards have no aadhar themselves. they are not foolproof, safe.

from:  valmiki
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 12:09 IST

The information passed in the beginning of the drive was that it would be equivalent to the well known "social security card" in United States and with this one card "everything is possible"There was stiff resistance from a group of political parties.Since it is launched by the government i decided to apply for it and i managed to get it.But, to my surprise,just after a month, another designated people visited our area and said that this Aadhaar will be replaced by another card called "IPR"(sorry i don't remember exactly the name of it)Why all this? the pain i took for getting aadhaar is not yet relieved.

from:  Samson Varghese
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 09:33 IST

The launching of the Aadhar-enabled service delivery system by the Union government is indeed a welcome move. But, given the fact that only 21 crore Aadhar cards have been issued till now and about five times that still remain to be issued, the time seems to be not yet ripe for effective implementation of Aadhar-based service delivery. Further, there is also the well-justified doubt that the data now available in the Aadhar cards might not be adequate for making proper assessment of the persons eligible for scholarship, pension, jobs under MNREG Act etc. These facts have to be taken into consideration by the government and necessary steps taken to ensure that only the really deserving people derive benefit from the schemes.

from:  K.D.Viswanaathan
Posted on: Oct 21, 2012 at 08:24 IST

This nice article says that many nice things will be achieved, but it does not say HOW exactly they can be achieved? Atleast some references to previous articles could have helped me understand the new scheme, and make a judgement myself whether it will really work or not from my point of view. Please make your articles self-sufficient so that readers like me don't have to google more to answer the simple questions raised from such articles.

from:  Deepak
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 20:31 IST

Government and Congress often use this Adhar for publicity stunt only.
In actual fact the real situation the implementation is in a mess.
We ( myself and wife) completed the formalities with Indian Overseas Bank,Mylapore,Chennai in the month of November 2011.We are yet to
receive the cards even nearly a year has passed. Our various mails,enquries both to Adhar and the Bank has no effect.
In this state of affairs we wonder how money transfer will be implemented. Will the authorities look in to the matter !

Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 19:32 IST

All government employees ( including politicians, police, people in power ) should be
the first to get this number and all there finances be linked to this number ( like
Social security number in US).

"This is a solution to the corruption problem" If Indian government is really serious
about the problem. ( Which they are not).

I highly appreciate Nandan Nilekani for his great work for India ( not for reward)

from:  Kamal
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 19:01 IST

Hope this system works well. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating". As this is going to handle huge amount of Cash, the Government has taken enough care in the procedural checks.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 17:42 IST

Really a good move by the Congress Government at the centre. We have to Congratulate this effort!

from:  Xavier
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 15:33 IST

Aadhar card holds good for the individual, who has one source of income. But what if the industrialists and politiicans start several letter head companies and do lot of financial transaction. If such bulky transaction using company names are not brought under radar, corruption cannot be controlled. May I request our PM to bring in a strong regulation on this, before he steps out from his position? He will be remembered positive forever if he does this help(duty) !!!

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Oct 20, 2012 at 15:22 IST
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