Aadhaar Made Mandatory for Nearly 3 Dozen Govt Schemes

The government has made Aadhaar mandatory to avail of benefits under nearly three dozen central schemes apart from the midday meal scheme at schools and the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. The government says it will help people who don't have the biometric identity document to get it without any inconvenience by June 30.

Children who do not have an Aadhaar will be enrolled by their school itself for the same by June 30. Aadhaar will soon be mandatory for all 84 schemes covered so far under direct subsidy benefit transfer programme. Those without an Aadhaar can apply for the identity card by June 30 and get benefits till then by furnishing alternative documents.

In multiple notifications issued last week, Aadhaar has been mandatory for 34 schemes including these and the National Social Assistance Programme and Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana for skill training. Aadhaar is already required for getting subsidised LPG and foodgrains under the public distribution system.

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