Aadhaar enrolment picks up after food security launch

With the Aadhaar card being made mandatory for availing benefits under any social security scheme of the Central or state government,many Aadhaar enrolment centres in the Capital are witnessing a rush

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published:September 19, 2013 1:15 am

With the Aadhaar card being made mandatory for availing benefits under any social security scheme of the Central or state government,many Aadhaar enrolment centres in the Capital are witnessing a rush,especially after the launch of the Food Security Scheme.

The Delhi government on Wednesday said the Aadhaar enrolment in the city has crossed the 100-per cent mark.

“According to the 2011 Census,Delhi has a population of 1.67 crore. Aadhaar enrolments in the capital have already crossed 1.69 crore,” Secretary (Revenue) Dharampal said.

“As per the data available with us,even those who are residents of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have enrolled in Delhi. We have come across some cases of duplicate enrolments and these would be deleted by the system after scrutiny,” he said.

As part of the preparation for the upcoming Assembly election,which is likely to be notified next week,the Revenue department of the Congress-led Delhi government had earlier asked the State Election Commission to make provisions for Aadhaar enrolments at Voter Registration Centres (VRCs) across the city.

“Approximately 500 enrolment machines are at work in the enrolment centres. There has been an increase in the number of people applying for Aadhaar cards after the government launched the Food Security Scheme in Delhi,” Dharampal said.

The Revenue department has linked delivery of all its services to Aadhaar.

Also,all social security schemes of the Centre or state government have been linked to Aadhaar,including the ones which have direct benefit transfers.

The Unique Identification Authority of India pays Rs 50 for each enrolment that would lead to an Aadhaar generation.

While it costs the Delhi government Rs 38 for each enrolment,Rs 12 is the revenue earned by the government for each Aadhaar card that is generated.

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