The UT Administration on Wednesday declared Unique Identification (UID) number – also called Aadhaar – as valid proof of identity (POI) and proof of address (POA) for various welfare schemes being run by departments,boards,corporations,public undertakings and agencies under the Administration.
After the integration of Aadhaar with resident-centric schemes,Chandigarh has become one of the front-runner states to have accepted Aadhaar as a valid POI and POA. According to officials,UID enrollment in Chandigarh has crossed the 60 per cent mark with over 6.5 lakh residents enrolling themselves with the UID Authority.
UID numbers have been issued to approximately 5.5 lakh people and the enrollment procedure is being carried out at a few Sampark Centres.
In a meeting chaired by UT Advisor KK Sharma on Wednesday,directions were issued to all the departments to identify other resident-centric welfare schemes which can be integrated with Aadhaar.
The departments have,additionally,been directed to nominate a nodal officer to act as a single point of contact with the Department of Information Technology,which is the nodal department in Chandigarh,for the implementation of the UID Project.
As a pilot project,various social security pensions and welfare schemes run by the Social Welfare Department will be integrated with Aadhaar,which will facilitate the grant under various welfare schemes to the beneficiaries through Aadhaar linked bank accounts and by using Aadhaar Enabled Payment Service.
The process of identity verification by Aadhaar will be based on online computer verification,which is possible by using the Aadhaar number through UID Authority of Indias Central Identities Data Repository.
Centre has chosen Chandigarh as one of the 50 districts for initiation of pilot projects to use Aadhaar for financial inclusion and banking services through various government schemes. The Administration is planning to take the initiative forward by examining other possibilities with Aadhaar integrated services in future.