Though the Supreme Court is yet to hear responses from all states to ascertain the constitutional validity of Aadhaar cards,work to link the number with bank accounts for LPG subsidy has gained momentum in the city. Within a week,the number of people who have got the subsidy jumped from 65,000 to 2.15 lakh.
As there has been no new directive from the Centre or the state,we have continued with the drive to link Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts, said Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh.
According to the figures from the oil companies,of the 2.15 lakh people who have got the subsidy in their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts,1.19 lakh are HPCL consumers,80,000 BPCL and 15,552 are IOCL consumers.
With the government giving grace period till February 1,Deshmukh has asked consumers to link their numbers with banks. The subsidised nine cylinders will be given to consumers irrespective of Aadhaar linkage. However,for the subsidy,linking is essential to ensure that the amount is correctly transferred to the account, he said.
In all,the district has 23.58 lakh LPG consumers. Of these,only 6.37 lakh have Aadhaar cards,and 2.62 lakh have linked their Aadhaar number with banks.
Oil companies say they have not got fresh directives regarding transfer of LPG subsidy from the oil ministry.
Some citizens have complained that despite registering for Aadhaar cards,they did not get the number. Deshmukh said action would be taken against those responsible.