Aadhaar gets Rs.1200 Crore push

After PM Narendra Modi assured full support to the Aadhaar project, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday sanctioned Rs.1,200 crore to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to meet the target of enrolling 100 crore residents by the end of 2015. A government source said the Cabinet sanctioned Rs.1,200 crore to accelerate the ambitious project in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand.
The financial support will help UIDAI speed up enrollment in these populous states which are lagging behind as they fell under the mandate of the home ministry’s National Population Register (NPR). UIDAI has already started the enrollment process in these states having opened 3,000 stations in UP and 1,000 in Bihar.
The Cabinet decision came after the PM, in a high powered meeting on Saturday, reviewed progress of the Aadhaar project, particularly in UP and Bihar, which are crucial fora complete rollout of Aadhaar-linked direct benefit transfer (DBT) schemes.
UIDAI has issued around 67.38 crore Aadhaar numbers while in UP, only about 4.62 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued against a population of 19.95 crore. In Bihar, around 1.41 crore numbers have been issued against a population of about 10.38 crore. Soon after taking over, the BJP government had expressed its commitment to the Aadhaar project and sought a speedy rollout of the DBT scheme, aiming to check duplication and leakage in welfare schemes.

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