UPA’s Aadhaar, DBT schemes get boost from PM Modi

Modi on July 5 made clear his intention to retain and push the schemes.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Published:July 20, 2014 1:59 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a decisive push to the UPA government’s Aadhaar project and Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, his office has directed the Planning Commission to collect data on these schemes in 300 priority districts and submit a status report by August 15.

According to government sources, the directive was issued after a high-level meeting chaired by Modi on July 5, where he made clear his intention to retain and push the schemes. The 300 priority districts are those where Aadhaar enrolment is currently over 60-70 per cent.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the plan panel to gather information on Aadhaar and DBT with respect to five key government schemes — MGNREGA, pensions, scholarships, Public Distribution System and LPG.

The PMO has asked for data on the number of beneficiaries in these districts, those enrolled under Aadhaar, those whose accounts are seeded with it, and those who have been left out of the process. Officials said the status report will also talk about the future course of action and what needs to be done to maximise enrolment.

Indicating its seriousness on the issue, the PMO’s directive clearly mentions that all data collection and information gathering should be over by July 31, with the final status report being submitted by August 15. Officials said the fact that the directive has come directly from the PMO, instead of being issued through the Finance Ministry which looks after the scheme, indicates Modi’s interest in fast-tracking the scheme.

Meanwhile, the Planning Commission has constituted a “crack team” comprising state planning advisers who will visit the concerned states to collect the data and other relevant information. The plan panel has been reviewing this exercise on a weekly basis now.

The DBT scheme, touted by the UPA as a gam-changer, was earlier criticised for gaps in its implementation and poor monitoring. At the July 5 meeting, Modi expressed keen interest in the scheme and also told the UIDAI that the 100-crore enrolment target under Aadhaar should be met at the “earliest”. The current enrolment stands at 70 crore, with 65 crore Aadhaar cards having been issued so far.

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    Gundurao Nagesh
    Jul 20, 2014 at 2:50 am
    Very good decision by the Prime Minister. He is Direct, simple in thinking and has no jaundice eye.A very good scheme of UPA is retained.
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      roger
      Jul 20, 2014 at 8:22 am
      The quality of Aadhar cards must be improved.
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        sri
        Jul 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm
        This shows the administrative capability and clear thinking by Narendra Modi. He is unlike other useless politicians who see value only in doing anything opposite to the schemes of the previous regime.By refining the Aadhar scheme (by reviewing it and keeping its plus points), Modi has shown how practical and people-prone and country-interest-driven he is!
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          Dr M
          Jul 20, 2014 at 6:50 am
          After having exposed so many problems in Aadhar by BJP, perhaps the Modi govt has allowed a status quo in its limited continuation - somewhere one gets the feeling that this is getting hyped up with headlines like Modi continuing UPA flagship scheme or that it is getting resuscitated by a 'crack team' of Planning commission (which in other places is being refered to as having being made redundant by Modi sarkar)Whats happening? Media loosing integrity? or folks thrown a lifeline hyping it as scheme getting a boost?
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            debasish
            Jul 22, 2014 at 6:02 am
            It is so strange that West Bengal has not a single enrolment centre. I had gone through the enrolment procedure in a temporary centre arranged by the local Munility on 17th February 2013. On enquiry to know the status of my Aadhaar Card I have been informed that there has been some processing error and that I have re-enrole for Aadhaar. What should I do now?
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              Viswanathan NS
              Jul 20, 2014 at 4:00 am
              way to go... While Nandan Nilekeni is not there in the system now, he can be proud that he has given India the most efficient system that can eradicate corruption at transactional level
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