October 3, 2011 12:35:40 am
Even as policy-makers contemplate replacing subsidies for the economically disadvantaged with direct cash doles,a pilot project in Maharashtra has transferred funds to the unique identification card (UID) numbers of beneficiaries,which are linked to bank accounts.
A senior official from the state Information Technology (IT) department said they had successfully transferred Rs 100 into the Aadhar numbers of 133 residents of Padgha village in Thane district instead of their individual bank accounts.
This proves that the bank servers are ready for a link with the UID system, said the official,while referring to the pilot project conducted in August in the village,which falls on the Mumbai- Nashik highway.
The official pointed out that once the UID systems covered around 80 per cent of the population,similar projects could be used to transfer pension,salaries and doles under welfare schemes like the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojana to the UID accounts of the beneficiaries. He added that this could also help provide portability in bank accounts in the future. We are building an eco-system and are on the right track, he said.
We just gave a government account advice note mentioning the UID numbers, said the official,adding that the village had been chosen as it had a substantial coverage under the Aadhar scheme and the bank accounts were opened in a public sector bank.
The department is now planning to initiate another pilot project to cover people under multiple banks in the Thane industrial area. This is a technologically good initiative, said the official,adding that it could be used to plug leakages in the service and welfare delivery systems.
The official said Maharashtra had enrolled around 2.58 crore people in the UID project with the 13 agencies appointed by the state opening 1,531 centres with 4,430 machines. Around 86 lakh people have been granted Aadhar cards. In addition,there were other agencies,like banks and financial sector companies,which had also set up these machines for the registration.
The official added that they planned to increase the number of machines and the output and said the registration graph was on the upswing. Special drives have also been undertaken to register the visually impaired,the physically challenged and transgenders.
The state government has also made it mandatory for government servants to register under the UID project.
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